The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting nominations for a Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel for its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The request is published today in the Federal Register. Nominations are due September 11, 2012.
In announcing the request, EPA said:
“This is the Agency's latest step to ensure that sound, high quality science is the foundation of EPA's efforts. EPA has previously committed to an SAB advisory review of the progress report on the study, which is scheduled for release in December 2012. The SAB may also provide advice on other technical documents and issues related to hydraulic fracturing upon request by EPA. The SAB review of the 2012 progress report and the 2014 report of results will ensure that the EPA is conducting the study to meet the highest standards of scientific rigor, data quality and peer review. In a complementary effort, EPA is ramping up its stakeholder engagement process to ensure that the study is reflective of the latest technical information and responsive to the concerns of stakeholders.”
The commitment to science – wherever it leads – is crucial is developing the right regulations and policies to ensure the responsible development of shale gas resources and realization of the benefits it promises.