Energy Report

Scientists Review to EPA Fracking Report

Date: February 17, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board raised questions about the scientific basis of a report by the agency on fracking. Years in the making, the June 2015 report presented the groundwater pollution from fracking as localized and not a major threat to drinking water. The advisory board pointed out the ambiguity of this conclusion and requested more context for apparent data gaps — citing need for more toxicology information — as well as rewriting the conclusion to be more accessible to the general public. — Eliza Laubach

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