How EPA is doing the research to study potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources
- Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources (PDF): EPA included stakeholder input, research prioritization, interagency cooperation, quality assurance, and the final Science Advisory Board review.
- Research Approaches: Analysis of existing data, case studies, scenario evaluations, laboratory studies, toxicological studies
- Quality Assurance & Integrity: EPA’s study conforms with the Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy and EPA’s Quality Assurance Program for environmental data.
- Transparency: EPA has taken several steps to provide the public with information about the study.
- Peer Review: EPA employs rigorous, independent peer review to ensure that only high-quality, sound science is released and/or used by the Agency