Idaho senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has joined nine other Republicans in asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for greater scrutiny of a draft report that links fracking to groundwater pollution in a Wyoming gas field.
A Dec. 9 report from the EPA theorized that gas exploration activity, including fracking—the controversial method of injecting high-pressure fluids to enhance gas flows—may have caused groundwater contamination near two gas wells in Pavillion, Wyo.
The 10 senators want the report to be classified as a "highly influential scientific assessment," opened to a process in which EPA employees would not be allowed to serve on a peer review panel. A scientific report may be considered "highly influential" if it could have a public or private sector impact of more than $500 million a year, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
The EPA has already extended public comment on the draft report to March 12.