On July 24, 2013 the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment hosted a hearing to examine the EPA’s prior and on-going studies on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. Witnesses from the EPA, Utah Department of Natural Resources and Cornell University fielded questions about previous EPA studies conducted in Dimock, PA, and Pavillion, WY. Questions about the quantitative rigor of the studies were fielded by every witness. In particular, why the EPA would release draft reports suggesting that hydraulic fracturing was linked to groundwater contamination, but then withdraw the reports before peer review while “standing by their validity.” Further, committee members asked witnesses what the EPA was doing to ensure its national scale report on hydraulic fracturing, expected in 2016, would not follow this same pattern.
For detailed statements by witnesses, and a web archive of the hearing, visit the House Committee on Science’s website.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center