The agency said Thursday night that it discovered high levels of benzene in well water near Pavillion, Wyoming, most likely from the secret cocktail of chemicals that are injected underground to crack shale rock, which then releases natural gas deposits.
The water tested had a pH level higher than most bleach cleaning products, but Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he felt like more testing was needed before action would be taken to protect water supplies.
CBS News noted Friday morning that about 67 percent of Wyoming’s tax revenues come from energy industry sources, including companies involved in fracking.
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