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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2011

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2011

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EPA Identifies Case Studies for Hydraulic Fracturing Study

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From: U.S. EPA [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:34 PM
Subject: Water News Release (HQ): EPA Identifies Case Studies for
Hydraulic Fracturing Study /Agency to conduct field work in various
regions of the country starting this summer

CONTACT: 
Cathy Milbourn 
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202-420-8648 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 23, 2011 

EPA Identifies Case Studies for Hydraulic Fracturing Study 

Agency to conduct field work in various regions of the country starting
this summer 

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, in
keeping with the administration's focus to ensure that the agency
leverages domestic resources safely and responsibly, announced the next
steps in its congressionally mandated hydraulic fracturing study. EPA
has identified seven case studies to help inform the assessment of
potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.
The sites identified were selected following extensive input from
stakeholders, including the public, local and state officials, industry,
and environmental organizations. To ensure the agency maintains the
current timeline for the study, the EPA will begin field work in some of
the selected regions this summer. 
  
Natural gas plays a key role in the nation's energy future. EPA is
working closely with other federal partners to ensure that this
important resource can be developed safely. 

"This is an important part of a process that will use the best science
to help us better understand the potential impacts of hydraulic
fracturing on drinking water," said Paul Anastas, Assistant
Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. "We've met
with community members, state experts and industry and environmental
leaders to choose these case studies. This is about using the best
possible science to do what the American people expect the EPA to do --
ensure that the health of their communities and families are protected."


The studies, which will take place in regions across the country, will
be broken into two study groups. Two of the seven sites were selected as
prospective case studies where EPA will monitor key aspects of the
hydraulic fracturing process throughout the lifecycle of a well. 

These areas are located in: 
Haynesville Shale - DeSoto Parish, La. 
Marcellus Shale - Washington County, Pa. 

Five retrospective case studies were selected and will examine areas
where hydraulic fracturing has occurred for any impact on drinking water
resources. These are located in: 

Bakken Shale - Kildeer, and Dunn Counties, N.D. 
Barnett Shale - Wise and Denton Counties, Texas 
Marcellus Shale - Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Pa. 
Marcellus Shale - Washington County, Pa. 
Raton Basin - Las Animas County, Colo. 

The information gathered from these case studies will be part of an
approach which includes literature review, collection of data and
information from states, industry and communities, laboratory work and
computer modeling. The combination of these materials will allow us to
do a more comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic
fracturing on drinking water resources. The study will continue to use
the best available science, independent sources of information, and will
be conducted using a transparent, peer-reviewed process, to better
understand any impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing.  
  
EPA invited stakeholders from across the country to participate in the
identification of potential case studies through informational public
meetings and the submission of electronic or written comments. Following
thousands of comments, over 40 case studies were nominated for inclusion
in the study. The case studies were identified, prioritized and selected
based on a rigorous set of criteria. These criteria included proximity
of population and drinking water supplies to activities, concerns about
impaired water quality (retrospective only) and health and environmental
impacts (retrospective only), and knowledge gaps that could be filled by
the case study. Sites were prioritized based on geographic and geologic
diversity, population at risk, site status (planned, active or
completed), unique geological or hydrology features, characteristics of
water resources, and land use. 

The draft study plan and additional information:
http://www.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing 

R214 

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