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a long awaited study from the e. p. a. on the effects of fracking on drinking water found no widespread pollution from the drilling practice , fracking industry seizing on the headline saying the findings back up other studies by the u. s. energy department , but reuters correspondent valerie volk of ichi says that headline , tell the whole story while it says that there is no widespread or systemic , uh impacts from fracking on water supplies , it does acknowledge that there are instances where pollution does occur , and actually a couple of years ago the e. p. a. did not even admit that much , so there has been some acknowledgement on the part of the u. p. a. that fracking does have , some impacts on water supply environmental groups were quick to cast doubt on the report science adviser i thomas burke did admit today that there are gaps and there has been real criticism from environmental groups that industry hasn't been to fourth come , and there has been controversy over what they provided report highlights the complicated relationship the e. p. a. has with hydraulic fracturing on the one hand fracking has been a boon for the united states natural gas is held power plants move off of coal reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spurred an economic revival in some states , a study released thursday is a draft and will undergo external review by the public and the agency's science advisory board , the report is expected to be finalized by next year