White House engaged in ‘messaging’ for EPA fracking study

The Obama White House was engaged in the “messaging” for last year’s rollout of U.S. EPA’s big study on the safety of hydraulic fracturing, records show. The message of the study — that there are no “widespread, systemic” drinking water problems from fracturing — has cheered the oil and gas industry and angered green groups. And it’s been criticized by EPA science advisers who say the language isn’t supported by the research in the study. EPA documents obtained by EnergyWire under the Freedom of Information Act do not indicate what role, if any, White House officials played in developing the “widespread, systemic” language. EPA withheld drafts of messaging materials such as the press release and executive summary, and heavily redacted the documents that were provided. But the emails and other records do show that the White House was interested and involved in the rollout of the study in June 2015.

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