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10:18 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Inhofe on Fracking

Cheyenne, WY – Senators: Raise bar for Wyo. frack study review

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) Ten Republican senators are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to put a draft report that theorizes a link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater pollution in a Wyoming gas field through a more rigorous level of scientific review than currently planned.

The senators include James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. They put the request to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a letter Friday.

The senators want the report classified as a "highly influential scientific assessment" that would require more rigorous peer review standards.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a petroleum industry practice to fracture rock inside oil and gas wells. The draft EPA report released in December theorized that industry activity including fracking may have caused groundwater contamination.

EPA officials didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.