Washington, D.C. – The Science, Space, and Technology Committee today approved legislation that improves how the EPA will go about its ongoing study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and groundwater. The EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study Improvement Act [H.R. 2850], introduced by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), adds to the usefulness of the EPA’s ongoing multi-year study by requiring that it also include an objective risk assessment.

Chairman Smith: “Requiring the EPA to provide context to any identified risks will maximize the study’s utility to both scientists and decision-makers.  And it will limit the possibility that findings will be misinterpreted or misused. This basic principle has been emphasized repeatedly in Committee hearings and correspondence over the last two years.  And its inclusion will enhance not only the credibility of the EPA’s work on hydraulic fracturing but also our ability to ensure continued safe and responsible production of America’s vast oil and gas resources.”

The bill, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was approved by voice vote.

For more information about the markup, including amendments and roll call votes, please visit the Science, Space, and Technology Committee website.