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EPA to hold public meetings on hydraulic fracturing

Posted on 21 June 2010

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public informational meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and potential impacts on drinking water.

The meetings will provide public information about the proposed study scope and design. EPA will solicit public comments on the draft study plan.

The public meetings will be held on:

  • 8 July from 6 pm to 10 pm CDT at the Hilton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 13 July from 6 pm to 10 pm MDT at the Marriot Tech Center’s Rocky Mountain Events Center in Denver, Colo.
  • 22 July from 6 pm to 10 pm EDT at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Penn.
  • 12 August at the Anderson Performing Arts Center at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., for three sessions – 8 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm, and 6 pm to 10 pm EDT.

The EPA announced in March 2010 that it will study the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on drinking water.

To support the initial planning phase and guide the development of the study plan, the agency sought suggestions and comments from the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB), an independent, external federal advisory committee. The agency will use this advice and extensive stakeholder input to guide the design of the study.

Stakeholders are requested to pre-register for the meetings at least 72 hours before each meeting.

More information on the meetings can be found here.

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