The Environmental Protection Agency has put out a call for peer-reviewed studies on hydraulic fracturing. The request, published this week in the Federal Register, seeks information that would relate to the EPA’s fracking study.
The scope of the study includes the full hydraulic fracturing water lifecycle—from water acquisition, through the mixing of chemicals and injection of fracturing fluids, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal. The study will include a review of the published literature, analysis of existing data, scenario evaluation and modeling, laboratory studies and case studies.
Data and literature on the subject will be accepted until April 30, 2013.