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Laboratory studies will be used to conduct targeted research needed to better understand the ultimate fate and transport of chemical contaminants of concern. The contaminants of concern may be components of hydraulic fracturing fluids or may be naturally occurring substances released from the subsurface during hydraulic fracturing. Laboratory studies may also be necessary to modify existing analytical methods for case study field monitoring activities. Additionally, laboratory studies will assess the potential for treated flowback or produced water to cause an impact to drinking water resources if released.