Independent Panel Formed to Review EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Report

On March 25, 2013, the EPA Independent Scientific Advisory Board (“SAB”) announced that it had formed the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to review forthcoming EPA research on hydraulic fracturing.

The panel is composed of 31 experts, chosen from public nominations of scientists and engineers with experience and expertise related to hydraulic fracturing. As required by law, SAB screened candidates for conflicts of interest and appearance of lack of impartiality, and reviewed public comments, financial disclosure forms, and additional information submitted by the candidates.

The panel will peer review a forthcoming EPA draft report on potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. 

The report is scheduled to be completed in 2014. EPA issued a Progress Report in December 2012, outlining the purpose of the study and the scope of its research efforts. In May 2013, the panel will convene to review public comments on the Progress Report and provide its own feedback to the EPA. The EPA will consider this feedback in preparation of its draft report.

This article was prepared by Lauren Brogdon ( or 713 651 5375) from the firm's litigation practice.