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EPA’s Science Advisory Board Announces Independent Panel to Review Hydraulic Fracturing Research

Posted: March 31, 2013

EPA's Science Advisory Board chosen and where updates can be found

The US Congress approved a provision that urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct analyses to assess the potential risks to drinking water posed by hydraulic fracturing of coalbed and shale formations.  The study will review the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, including water acquisition, chemical mixing, well injection, flowback and produced waters and wastewater treatment and waste disposal.  The first progress report was released in December 2012, and a final report is expected to be released in 2014. 

In March, 2013, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) announced the formation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel.  This panel consists of 31 experts that were chosen from a large list of nominations, including two professors from Penn State University.   Copies of the first progress report, the Advisory Panel and other information concerning EPA’s research can be found here.  The public can also sign up for EPA’s research e-mail alerts at the site.