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API responds to release of U.S. EPA final study plan

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2011—API today said that while it is still reviewing details of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final study plan to assess hydraulic fracturing, it is confident that a full examination will confirm that hydraulic fracturing poses no significant risk to human health, drinking water resources or the environment.

"The oil and natural gas industry has a key role to play in the future of American energy production," said Stephanie Meadows, API's Upstream senior policy advisor. "The industry has taken the lead in working with state regulators to constantly improve operations, industry practices and guidelines as well as improve communications with local communities."

Meadows said API will review the details of the final study plan and looks forward to being an active participant in the overall process.

The industry recently shared a letter with the EPA detailing concerns with the status of the EPA study and the protocols being followed by the agency to ensure a credible and scientifically defensible result.

Meadows added that the industry continues to commit to what has been a long history of responsible operations through its support of the collaborative work carried out by the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulation (STRONGER) and the continued growth of the voluntary FracFocus chemical disclosure site, and will build on the success of API's recent HF workshop in Pittsburgh.

API represents more than 480 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.


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Updated: November 3, 2011
 

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