EPA's Commitment to Stakeholder Outreach
Administrator Lisa Jackson recently affirmed EPA's commitment to stakeholder engagement in its study of the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. In letters to representatives of stakeholder groups, she outlined the following goals:
- Clearly inform the public of the study's goals, design and progress
- Obtain timely and constructive technical feedback
- Take advantage of relevant expertise and peer-reviewed data
- Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and technologies that may be relevant to the study.
Building on a robust program of stakeholder engagement, EPA will take several steps to implement these goals to ensure the study has access to relevant data and provides continued opportunities for stakeholder engagement:
- Periodic roundtables with invited experts
- Annual Federal Register Notices requesting public input
- Technical workshops
- More frequent study updates through informal outreach opportunities
Finally, Administrator Jackson reemphasized that EPA has designated the study as a highly influential scientific assessment for purposes of applying Agency peer review guidelines. EPA will form a new Science Advisory Board (SAB) ad hoc panel to consult periodically on the study's progress and the final report providing advice to the Administrator through the Chartered SAB. The public will have opportunities to provide comment to the SAB panel as well.
Read the Administrator's July 23, 2012 letters to stakeholders here