Full Title: Advisory on EPA’s Research Scoping Document Related to Hydraulic Fracturing
Author(s): Science Advisory Board
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
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EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) requested that the Science Advisory Board (SAB) review the Agency’s draft research scoping document related to hydraulic fracturing. ORD developed this approach in response to the U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriation Conference Committee Directive to EPA that urged the Agency to conduct a study of hydraulic fracturing and its relationship to drinking water resources. ORD requested that SAB comment on: a) the scope of the research program; b) proposed research categories and topic areas, and processes for prioritizing research needs; and c) design of a stakeholder process that provides for balanced input. In response to ORD’s advisory request, the SAB Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC) and additional members of the SAB met on April 7-8, 2010 to provide advice to ORD about this research plan and program. The Chartered SAB conducted a quality review of this document and approved the report on June 16, 2010 by teleconference. The enclosed advisory report (Enclosure C) provides the advice and recommendations of the Committee.