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EPA's Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources - Progress Update

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a study in 2011 to look at the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water resources in the US. In February 2012, the EPA hosted a webinar to update their progress on this study.  Their study focuses on the water cycle in hydraulic fracturing, and is designed to:

  1. Assess whether hydraulic fracturing can impact drinking water resources
  2. Identify driving factors that affect the severity and frequency of any impacts

View the presentation from the February progress update webinar here.

Full study details can be found here.


The next study update is expected in May or June 2012. A link will be posted when the information is available.