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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study

By Armando F. Benincasa

In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to supplement data which it is already collecting and developing.

In Friday's Federal Register, EPA announced it is accepting information through April 30, 2013, including data, studies, scientific analyses and other pertinent scientific information related to the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The EPA claims that it hopes the information will help to ensure EPA is current on evolving hydraulic fracturing practices and technologies as well as inform current and future research.

EPA prefers that people submit information that has been peer reviewed. The agency stated that it will consider all submissions, but will give preference to peer reviewed data and literature sources.

There are several ways to submit information to the docket for this request. Be sure to include the docket identification number (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0674) on every submission.

For more information about EPA dockets, visit

For more information about EPA's hydraulic fracturing study, visit

EPA has stated in the past that it hoped to release some preliminary information regarding its study by the end of 2012. Should you have any further questions, please contact me using the information below. 

Armando F. Benincasa concentrates his practice in the areas of energy law, environmental law, environmental litigation, and administrative law.

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