Proceedings of the Technical Workshops for the Hydraulic Fracturing Study: Water Resources Management (Englisch)

In its Fiscal Year 2010 budget report, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriation Conference Committee identified the need for a study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (HF) on drinking water resources. The Committee directed EPA scientists to undertake a study of HF to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water and ground water. The EPA produced a draft study plan, which focuses on the key stages of the HF water lifecycle: water acquisition, chemical mixing, well injection, flowback and produced water, and wastewater treatment and waste disposal. This plan was submitted to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) in February 2011 and the peer review of the plan was held on March 7 and 8, 2011. At the time these technical workshop proceedings were developed, the SAB had not given its official review to EPA. EPA has included stakeholder concerns in the planning process of the study from its inception, engaging stakeholders in a dialogue about the study through a series of webinars and facilitated public meetings held between May and September 2010. EPA also held four technical workshops in February and March 2011 to explore the following focus areas: Chemical & Analytical Methods (February 24-25), Well Construction & Operations (March 10-11), Fate & Transport (March 28-29) and Water Resource Management (March 29-30). The technical workshops centered around three goals: (1) inform EPA of the current technology and practices being used in hydraulic fracturing, (2) identify research related to the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, and (3) provide an opportunity for EPA scientists to interact with technical experts. EPA invited technical experts from the oil and natural gas industry, consulting firms, laboratories, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations to participate in the workshops. EPA will use the information presented in this document to inform research that effectively evaluates the relationship between HF and drinking water.

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