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EPA CALLS FOR REPORTS OF GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION BY HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Release Date: 07/27/2001
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2001
EPA CALLS FOR REPORTS OF GROUND WATER
CONTAMINATION BY HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Robin Woods 202-564-7841 / woods.robin@epa.gov


As part of its study of the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing on ground water, EPA is calling for data or reports of ground water contamination incidents possibly attributable to hydraulic fracturing of coalbed methane wells. Hydraulic fracturing is a procedure used in oil and gas production, in which a fracture is created to increase the rate of flow to oil or gas production wells. In 1998, state oil and gas agencies reported through a Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) survey that hydraulic fracturing had not caused contamination of underground sources of drinking water. As a follow-up to the GWPC survey, EPA is issuing this call for information in order to find whether other agencies, such as local drinking water suppliers and public health departments, may know of incidents of which state oil and gas agencies are unaware. EPA will accept data and reports on contamination incidents for 30 days from publication of the call for data in the Federal Register, expected soon. The Federal Register notice will be available on EPA's Office of Water Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ow , click on "What's New."

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