WASHINGTON D.C. — According to a notice posted last week by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register, the public is invited to submit data and scientific literature to inform the EPA's research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
While fracking has been used by the oil and gas industry for decades, the recent shale gas boom has led to the practice being more wide spread and more controversial. Hard data tracking before and after conditions of water wells, as well as the potential impact of fracking, has been hard to find.
In Pavillion, fracking was blamed by some for the condition of the drinking water. Test results by the EPA and U.S. Geological Service yielded conflicting results, with a resolution still not in sight.
In an effort to expand its informational base, the EPA will accept data and scientific literature until April 30, 2013. Online submissions are preferred: follow the instructions at http://www.regulations.gov
, and identify your submission with Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.
While EPA conducts a thorough literature search, there may be studies or other primary technical sources that are not available through the open literature. EPA would appreciate receiving information from the public to help inform current and future research and ensure a robust record of scientific information. Consistent with our commitment to using the highest quality information, EPA prefers information that has been peer-reviewed. Interested persons may provide scientific analyses, studies and other pertinent scientific information. EPA will consider all submissions but will give preference to peer reviewed data and literature sources.
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