El Paso spokesman calls fracturing controversy misdirected

Much of the public concern about possible water contamination from unconventional oil and gas operations is misdirected, David Blackmon, director of government affairs for El Paso Corp., told a Mayer Brown LLP energy conference in Houston on May 23. Blackmon said he agrees with a University of Texas study that suggests water pollution from oil and gas operations typically stems from wastewater spills on the surface rather than from hydraulic fracturing. Wastewater handling procedures on the surface have nothing to do with fracing jobs, but the public generally does not understand this, Blackmon explained. He advocates industry gets better about handling surface wastewater. The Energy Inst...

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