You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s PDF page to learn more.In its Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriation Conference Committee Directive to EPA, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a provision that urges EPA to conduct analyses to assess the potential risks to drinking water posed by hydraulic fracturing of formations including coalbeds and shale for extraction of natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing (or hydrofracking) generates vertical and horizontal fractures in underground geologic formations to facilitate extraction of gas (or oil) from the subsurface.
To meet the Congressional request, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) has developed a draft approach to gather existing data and information including a stakeholder input process; to catalog potential risks to drinking water supplies from hydraulic fracturing; to identify data gaps; and to develop research questions, research needs, and research products.
ORD is seeking advice from the SAB regarding planned research strategies to address public health and environmental protection issues regarding hydraulic fracturing performed for extraction of natural gas from geologic formations.