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AP: Wyoming "got EPA to delay frack finding"

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If natural gas "fracking" is so safe, as the industry claims, then why is this necessary at all?

Wyoming's governor persuaded the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone an announcement linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination, giving state officials - whom the EPA had privately briefed on the study - time to attempt to debunk the finding before it rocked the oil and gas industry more than a month later, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

During the delay, state officials raised dozens of questions about the finding that the controversial procedure that has become essential to unlocking oil and gas deposits in Wyoming and beyond may have tainted groundwater near the gas patch community of Pavillion.

...Wyoming officials took advantage of the postponement to "take a hard line" and coordinate an "all-out press" against the EPA in the weeks leading up to the announcement Dec. 8.

Why this happened is simple, of course: money, and lots of it. According to the AP story, "the chief state regulator of oil and gas development fretted over how the finding would affect state revenue." Meanwhile, as Rolling Stone reported in March, the natural gas fracking industry is "not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire" whose goal "is not to solve America's energy problems, but to build a pipeline directly from your wallet into his." Now, it appears that "pipeline" has taken a detour right into the state and federal governments -- you know, the folks who are supposed to be looking out for the public's health and welfare.  Wonderful.