Transparency is an essential value that’s often invoked - but is often missing - in discussions of the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, chemical disclosure, public access to information, and certainly disclosure of fracking risk by oil and gas companies.
The US EPA has been justifiably criticized for various aspects of its approach to and regulation of fracking. But when it comes to the agency’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, it has been extraordinarily transparent.
EPA has posted this summary report on its December, 2013 technical roundtable meeting, as well as additional technical roundtable materials. The agency has also posted peer-reviewed papers informing their work, and plans to post future papers as they become available.
EPA has been a model of transparency on this critically important work.