EPA begins 2-year, $1.9 million study into "fracking" for natural gas

03/19/2010 | Hill, The · Washington Post, The

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the early stages of a two-year, $1.9 million study into the environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," an increasingly popular method of extracting natural gas that involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale-rock formations, fracturing the rock and generating oil and gas. Critics worry about the method's effect on drinking-water supplies. The EPA science advisory board will hold a public meeting April 7 and 8 to discuss how the agency will study the fracking process.

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