Help Shape the Fracking Study!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that helps production of natural gas or oil from shale and other geological formations. This is the process behind our listings of the Upper Delaware and Monongahela Rivers on the 2010 America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. The meetings will provide public information about the proposed study scope and design, and allow for public input.
Please join us in requesting the following of the EPA:
- Conduct a comprehensive field study to assess risks to water resources at every stage of natural gas development – from siting to closure, including the transportation and storage of wastewater.
- Incorporate on-the-ground investigations of locally reported incidents due to natural gas development.
- Consider the potential risks of fluid movement below the ground surface long after production is completed.
- Obtain reliable information on the chemical additives used in fracturing fluids.
The public meetings will be held on:
- July 8, 2010– Hilton Fort Worth (TX) from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
- July 13, 2010– Marriott Tech Center Denver (CO) from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
- July 22, 2010– Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh/Southpointe (PA) from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
- August 12, 2010– Binghamton University, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts (NY) from
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, or 6:00 – 10:00 pm (3 sessions available)
If you cannot attend the meetings, comments are also accepted via the web. For more information on the meetings and web comment go to: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/uic/wells_hydrofrac.html