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Main Title Study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources : progress report /
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Publisher Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Year Published 2012
Report Number EPA/601/R-12/011
Stock Number PB2014-107744
Subjects Hydraulic fracturing--Research. ; Water--Pollution--Research. ; Hydraulic fracturing--Environmental aspects. ; Water--Pollution--Measurement. ; Water quality management.
Additional Subjects Hydraulic fracturing ; Drinking water ; Study plan development ; Oil production ; Natural gas production ; Research activities ; Environmental justice assessment ; Modeling ; Water wells ; Water pollution control ; Injection wells ; Data analyses ; Research needs ; Contamination ; Ground water ; Fracturing fluids ; Water lifecycle
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NTIS  PB2014-107744 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 02/25/2015
Collation xi, 262 p. : col. ill., maps ; 28 cm.
This report describes 18 research projects underway to answer these research questions andpresents the progress made as of September 2012 for each of the projects. Information presented as part of this report cannot be used to draw conclusions about potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing. The research projects are organized according to five differenttypes of research activities: analysis of existing data, scenario evaluations, laboratory studies, toxicity assessments, and case studies.
"December 2012." Includes bibliographical references (p. 172-195).
Contents Notes
"The purpose of the study is to assess the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, if any, and to identify the driving factors that may affect the severity and frequency of such impacts. Scientists are focusing primarily on hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas, with some study of other oil- and gas-producing formations, including tight sands, and coalbeds. The EPA has designed the scope of the research around five stages of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle. Each stage of the cycle is associated with a primary research question: --Water acquisition: What are the possible impacts of large volume water withdrawals from ground and surface waters on drinking water resources? -- Chemical mixing: What are the possible impacts of hydraulic fracturing fluid surface spills on or near well pads on drinking water resources? -- Well injection: What are the possible impacts of the injection and fracturing process on drinking water resources? -- Flowback and produced water: What are the possible impacts of flowback and produced water (collectively referred to as "hydraulic fracturing wastewater") surface spills on or near well pads on drinking water resources? -- Wastewater treatment and waste disposal: What are the possible impacts of inadequate treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater on drinking water resources?" p.1