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Subject: EPA to announce initiation of hydraulic fracturing study
Tomorrow, EPA will announce that it will conduct a comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality and public health.
Natural gas plays a key role in our nation’s clean energy future and the process known as hydraulic fracturing is one way of accessing that vital resource. There are concerns that hydraulic fracturing may impact ground water and surface water quality in ways that threaten human health and the environment. To address these concerns and strengthen our clean energy future and in response to language inserted into the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Act, EPA is re-allocating $1.9 million for this comprehensive, peer reviewed study for FY10 and requesting funding for FY11 in the President’s budget proposal.
The announcement tomorrow will be on how to design this study.