The Obama administration has pulled back the curtain on its long-awaited study of the possible correlation between water pollution and fracking, but the full results and definitive findings of its far-reaching report won’t be released until 2014.
The review, the most sweeping federal survey to date, likely will have major implications for the country’s natural gas and oil boom spurred by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has transformed the U.S. fuel market and is reshaping the global energy landscape.
The Environmental Protection Agency offered a “progress report” on its broad, multifaceted study, which includes data gathered from hundreds of natural gas and oil wells across the U.S.
The agency in 2010 was charged by Congress to examine fracking, which uses water, sand and chemical mixtures to crack underground rock and release previously inaccessible reserves of natural gas and other fuels.
The boom from fracking has transformed local economies in Pennsylvania, North Dakota and elsewhere, and it has put the nation on track to become energy-independent in a stunningly short period of time.
Read More at The Washington Times . By Ben Wolfgang.