The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to study the potential
The panel, headed by Carnegie Mellon University professor David A. Dzombak, will review the plan next month, with
EPA's plan will be
EPA expects to complete its initial research and study findings on hydraulic fracturing by the end of 2012.
Industry officials maintain the practice used to extract oil and natural gas from underground rock formations is safe.
“Our guys are and will continue to be supportive of a study approach that's based on the science, true to its original intent and scope, and eager to incorporate the experience and expertise of folks on the ground who have been regulating this technology for more than 60 years,” said Chris Tucker, spokesman for industry group Energy in Depth. “We don't believe that's an
“But at first blush, this document doesn't appear to definitively say whether it's an approach EPA will ultimately take.”
EPA's science panel