EPA extends deadline for public input to fracking study

In the April 30, 2013 Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended its deadline for the public to submit data and scientific literature for its Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources. The deadline for the public to provide feedback is now November 15, 2013.

The EPA extended the deadline to “ensure that [it] is up-to-date on evolving hydraulic fracturing practices and technologies.” This study has been underway since 2011, and it is expected that this extension will not delay the release of the final report in late 2014. 

In a December 2012 progress report, the EPA stated that it was conducting 18 research projects on the relationship between fracking and drinking water and reviewing data on fracking fluids, well construction, chemical spills, and water quality from wells around the country. 

The EPA’s progress report is discussed in our prior blog post on February 27, 2013, EPA Technical Roundtables Concerning Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.

Review the Federal Register notice of the deadline extension.

This article was prepared by Barclay Nicholson (bnicholson@fulbright.com or 713 651 3662) from Fulbright's Energy Practice Group and Heather M. Corken (hcorken@fulbright.com or 713 651 8386) from Fulbright's Environmental Law Practice Group.