EPA Opens Public Comment until April 30, 2013

In response to public concern, the U.S. Congress urged EPA to conduct scientific research to examine the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. EPA is undertaking a study to understand the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, if any, and to identify the driving factors that may affect the severity and frequency of such impacts.

The scope of the study includes the full hydraulic fracturing water lifecycle—from water acquisition, through the mixing of chemicals and injection of fracturing fluids, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal. The study will include a review of the published literature, analysis of existing data, scenario evaluation and modeling, laboratory studies and case studies.

To ensure that EPA is up-to-date on evolving hydraulic fracturing practices and technologies, EPA is soliciting public involvement in identifying relevant data and scientific literature specific to inform EPA’s research study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. While EPA conducts a thorough literature search, there may be studies or other primary technical sources that are not available through the open literature. EPA would appreciate receiving information from the public to help inform current and future research and ensure a robust record of scientific information. Consistent with our commitment to using the highest quality information, EPA prefers information which has been peer reviewed. Interested persons may provide scientific analyses, studies and other pertinent scientific information. EPA will consider all submissions but will give preference to peer reviewed data and literature sources.[1]

Using the online method is preferred for submitting information.  Follow the online instructions at http://www.regulations.gov, and identify your submission with Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.

Additional methods for submission are:

  • Email:      Send information by electronic mail (email) to: ord.docket@epa.gov, Attention      Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.
  • Fax:      Fax information to: (202) 566-9744, Attention Docket ID No.      EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.
  • Mail:      Send information by mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA      Docket Center, Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington,      DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver information to: EPA Docket Center, EPA West      Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC, Attention      Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674. Deliveries are only accepted during      the docket’s normal hours of operation, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.      (Eastern), Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special      arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

For further information contact Lisa Matthews, Mail Code 8101R, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6669; via fax at: (202) 565-2430; or via email at: matthews.lisa@epa.gov


[1] Dated: November 5, 2012. E. Ramona Trovato, Associate Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development.  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/11/09/2012-27452/request-for-information-to-inform-hydraulic-fracturing-research-related-to-drinking-water-resources#h-4

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