On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources. The agency will be offering two webinars open to the public and all interested stakeholders on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10. See below for times and links to register.
EPA is working to better understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. In March 2010, EPA announced its intention to conduct the study in response to a request from Congress. Since then, the agency has held a series of public meetings across the nation to receive input from states, industry, environmental and public health groups, and individual citizens. A draft study plan was released in February, 2011. The draft study plan was reviewed by the Science Advisory Board (SAB), an independent panel of scientists, to ensure the agency conducted the research using a scientifically sound approach. In response to recommendations from the SAB, EPA has revised the study plan to have more focused research questions and provide additional details on research projects outlined in the plan.
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