WPR News
6:15 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Report on fracking's effect on drinking water due in July

Laramie, WY – People in the Pavillion area can expect to hear from federal officials in July whether their water is dangerous to drink.
Homeowners in the rural central Wyoming community say their water has become discolored and smells. Some complain of health problems.
They blame hydraulic fracturing, in which pressurized water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil and gas.
The EPA tested water wells in March 2009 and January 2010. EPA spokesman Richard Mylott says the EPA will release its latest findings in the first or second week of July.
Mylott declined to discuss what the EPA has found, saying that would be premature.