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Former Bush EPA Official Says Fracking Exemption Went Too Far; Congress Should Revisit

March 11, 2011

Benjamin Grumble, former assistant administrator for water at the EPA under George W. Bush

ProPublica sat down with the former assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency under the George Bush administration.  In two interviews, one in 2009 and the other in 2011, Benjamin Grumble comments on the 2004 study released under his oversight which declared unconventional hydraulic fracking safe to drinking water supplies.

When asked for his reaction since the 2005 Congressional exemption that the industry was granted from the Safe Drinking Water Act Grumble said;  “I’m not surprised at the discussions that have come up. Since then, there has been increasing data…and there have been an increasing number of instances where communities and citizens have expressed concern. I think it is important to keep having that conversation as to whether an exemption makes sense, and also what additional science is needed to justify the continuation of the exemption.”

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