SAB Public Teleconference Held this Week on EPA’s Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Assessment Report

On December 3rd, EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) held a public teleconference as part of its peer review of EPA’s draft report on the “Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.”  The teleconference was a follow up to the SAB’s October meeting, where the panel developed preliminary responses to charge questions on the assessment.  During the call, the panel reviewed and refined its responses based on deliberations about whether EPA’s assessment (in whole and for each section of the draft report):  made reasonable conclusions from a review of the available data; included necessary caveats to explain where conclusions were not (or could not be) derived; needed clarification to explain particular conclusions; and/or could use additional data and make additional conclusions.  For more information and to view the draft report and SAB’s draft responses, visit the SAB web site.