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The EPA has come under fire for its release last year of a draft report blaming fracking for water contamination in Pavillion, Wyo. The study was released without being independently peer-reviewed, and has been held up by environmentalists as proof that the natural gas industry can’t be trusted.

They also point to recent reports of minor earthquakes in Ohio, tied to the disposal of fracking wastewater in wells near previously unmapped fault lines.

Instead of conducting unbiased investigations into those instances and others, Mr. Harris said the administration is using them as political cover to demonize the industry.

“The Environmental Protection Agency, instead of calming people, is truly fear-mongering,” he said.