March 17, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday will announce the start of a comprehensive research study to investigate the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water quality and public health. That's according to Southern Tier Rep. Maurice Hinchey's office.
Hinchey wrote the provision that urged the EPA to conduct the study, after questions were raised regarding the safety of the natural gas drilling process.
He's applauding the EPA, saying the study is an important step towards ensuring that horizontal drilling is done in a way that protects the environment, natural resources, and public health.