Fracking Study Will Take Three More Years

Marcellus Shale drill

At a recent Marcellus Shale conference, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that their study on shale-drilling's effect on drinking water will not be complete until 2016.

Congress directed the agency to begin the study in 2010 after widespread concern that the shale-drilling process negatively affects the environment. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," is a part of the shale-drilling process that injects a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to break rock. There is speculation that the fracking chemicals could contaminate groundwater and harm people who drink the water. The Marcellus Shale industry has also brought other concerns to the Western Pennsylvania and surrounding regions, including toxic air, work zone accidents, and poor road conditions.

Fracking research coordinator said a preliminary report may be released late 2014 due to the complex research involved with the study.

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"EPA official: Fracking study won't be done until 2016." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 19, 2013.