EPA launches study of hydraulic fracturing

04/12/2010
The US Environmental Protection Agency initiated a comprehensive study of hydraulic fracturing to determine whether the tight shale gas production technology potentially could have an adverse impact on ground and surface water supplies.Responding to language in its fiscal 2010 budget, EPA said it would reallocate $1.9 million for the peer-reviewed study this year and request funding to continue it in fiscal 2011, which begins on Oct. 1."Our research will be designed to answer questions about the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on human health and the environment," said Paul T. Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA's Research and Development Office. "The study wi...
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