The EPA, H20, and Fracking: An EPA study of drinking water and hydraulic fracturing could have far-reaching implications for litigation

As many who work in the oil and gas industry are aware, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pressing forward with a multiyear Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources. On January 28, 2014, the EPA hosted a webinar to provide an update on its progress.

The well-attended program drew nearly 300 participants and included a discussion of the timeline for release of the Draft Assessment Report of the study findings later in 2014. The EPA study’s findings may have farreaching impacts on litigation sur rounding hydraulic fracturing.

By way of background, the EPA Study is in response to a 2009 request by the U.S. House of Representatives that the EPA conduct scientific research to examine the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. According to the EPA, the purpose of the study is “to assess the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, if any, and to identify the driving factors that may affect the severity and frequency of such impacts.”

Originally published in Oil & Gas Investor - July 2014. Republished with permission.

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Topics:  Contamination, Drinking Water, Energy, Environmental Policies, EPA, Fracking, Hazardous Substances, Oil & Gas, Popular, Water

Published In: Energy & Utilities Updates, Environmental Updates

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