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Hydraulic fracturing is one way of accessing natural. According to the EPA's release, there are concerns that hydraulic fracturing may impact ground water and surface water quality in ways that threaten human health and the environment. The agency is re-allocating $1.9 million for a comprehensive, peer-reviewed study for FY 2010 and requesting funding for FY 2011 in the president's budget proposal.
"Our research will be designed to answer questions about the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on human health and the environment," said Dr. Paul T. Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. "The study will be conducted through a transparent, peer-reviewed process, with significant stakeholder input."
The agency said it is in the very early stages of designing a hydraulic fracturing research program. The agency is proposing the process begin with
- Defining research questions and identifying data gaps;
- Conducting a robust process for stakeholder input and research prioritization;
- With this input, developing a detailed study design that will undergo external peer-review, leading to
- Implementing the planned research studies.
For more information on hydraulic fracturing, visit www.epa.gov/ogwdw000/uic/wells_hydrofrac.html.