Thursday, February 10, 2011

EPA Issues Draft Plan For Study On Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted a draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing for review by the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), a group of independent scientists. The scope of the proposed research includes "the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, from acquisition of the water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced or used water and its ultimate treatment and disposal," according to the EPA's press release (click to read). The EPA says the SAB plans to review the draft plan March 7-8, 2011.

"EPA scientists, under this administration and at the direction of Congress, are undertaking a study of this practice to better understand any potential impacts it may have, including on groundwater," the agency adds.