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Fracking study not done till 2016, Fed says

Published: Thu, June 20, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


A comprehensive government study of the effects of shale-gas drilling on water quality and the environment won’t be completed until 2016, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official said this week during an Ohio conference.

Jeanne Briskin, coordinator of hydraulic fracturing research at the EPA, said Tuesday during the conference in Cleveland that the study involves “complex research” and that the agency could have a preliminary report ready late next year, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Congress in 2010 directed the agency to investigate the threat to groundwater and air from the hydraulic fracturing process — also known as fracking — in Ohio and other states.

Critics say it is harmful to the environment, but there have been conflicting studies about the effects.

Briskin said the EPA has sampled water in two drilling counties in Pennsylvania, plus in Colorado, North Dakota and Texas. Nine energy companies and nine drilling-supply companies have cooperated with the EPA research, she said, and 1,000 chemicals have been identified as being used in the drilling process.

Briskin was among the speakers at the conference called “Shale Gas: Promises and Challenges,” staged by the National Academy of Engineering.

The event, organized in part because of Ohio’s role in the Utica shale boom, continued Wednesday.

State officials have said drilling in eastern Ohio nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011, although some industry experts remain cautious about the long-term potential for production.


1Metz10987(145 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The only reason they are stonewalling that long is two words, lobby groups. The effects are already known and there is no reason why the study is not already being done or already completed. Actually this study should have been done before fracking took off so people could not deny it's harmful effects.

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2oh13voter(1208 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The study was passed of to the state of Wyoming because it was determined that it's regulatory entities possessed the correct qualifications to perform the study.

This decision came after it was shown that the EPA had botched the initial study.

Bewyond this, the study is unnecessary. The EPA has concluded two studies in the last 15 years. Both studies came to the same conclusion - hydraulic fracturing is fundamentally safe.

Her is what EPA administrator had to say in 2011 "... we have absolutely no indication that drinking water is at risk..." (from hydraulic fracturing).

Further: " In no case have we made a determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater."

Metz, psychotics like you will never be satisfied. The next EPA study will come to the same conclusion and looney tunes such as yourself will want another and another and another.

Follow your doctors orders, stay calm and take your meds.

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