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U.S. EPA Delays Fracking Study Amidst Congressional Concern

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is extending by more than six months the deadline for the public to submit scientific data and literature to inform EPA’s study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water sources.  The new deadline is November 15, 2013.  Last week, the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee convened a hearing to examine hydraulic fracturing research efforts by the Federal Government.  Members of Congress reportedly criticized the slow pace at which EPA is approaching the study.  EPA has stated in the past that it intends to issue draft results of the study by 2014.