Federal environmental regulators say they’ll release preliminary results from water sampling at sites in Pennsylvania and across the nation as part of their study of the potential impact of fracking.
Jeanne Briskin, the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing research coordinator, said Friday that sampling results have been analyzed and will be posted on the EPA website within weeks, according to a report in The Times-Tribune of Scranton.
Fracking is the process that drilling companies use to stimulate oil and gas production from deep shale formations like the Marcellus Shale. The EPA is trying to determine if the fracking process pollutes water supplies. The industry and many states say the process is safe when done properly, but critics dispute that.
The agency’s final report won’t be released until 2014.