On June 20, 2013, the EPA announced it has ended the 2011 groundwater study in Pavillion, WY, and turned the monitoring of groundwater in the area over to state officials. While the EPA stated in its press release that it stands by the data of the study, the draft report will no longer be released, the EPA will not rely on the findings in the draft report, and will not seek peer review of the study. Instead, the EPA stated in its press release it will rely on its national program to issue any scientific statements on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. A draft report for the national study is expected to be released in late 2014.
For more information on the EPA’s decision, visit the EPA website for its official press release.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center