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Overview of EPA's Approach to Developing Prospective Case Studies Technical Workshop: Case Studies to Assess Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
Ford, R. AND J. Briskin. Overview of EPA's Approach to Developing Prospective Case Studies Technical Workshop: Case Studies to Assess Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources. Presented at Hydraulic Fracturing Case Studies, Research Triangle Park, NC, July 30, 2013.
These case studies will allow EPA and others to evaluate any changes in water quality over time and will focus on understanding how site specific hydraulic fracturing practices prevent impacts to drinking water resources.
One component of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources is prospective case studies, which are being conducted to more fully understand and assess if and how site specific hydraulic fracturing practices may impact drinking water resources.1 The retrospective case studies, addressed in a separate EPA presentation for this workshop, focus on investigating and assessing reported instances of drinking water contamination in areas where hydraulic fracturing activities have already occurred. The prospective case studies will be forward looking and will allow for the collaborative design and development of a research program that will include sampling and characterization of the site before, during and after drilling, injection of the fracturing fluid, flowback and production.