Thursday, June 27, 2013

EPA study expects to be delayed until 2016

On June 18, Jeanne Briskin, coordinator of hydraulic fracturing research for the EPA Office of Research and Development, announced that the EPA’s nationwide study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water would not be released until 2016. This announcement came at the National Academy of Engineering’s shale gas conference in Akron, OH. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, an initial report is expected in 2014, but due to the “complex research” involved Briskin expects the study to be completed in 2016.

Briskin’s statements preceded the EPA’s decision to end its study of the effects of fracking on drinking water in Pavillion, WY on June 20.

For more information on the EPA’s nationwide study, visit its website.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 2013

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