A new seven-member study group has been tasked by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to investigate the environmental impact of fracking. As the New York Times reports, the panel has 90 days to come up with recommendations to improve the safety of fracking, and within six months come up with advice for state and federal regulators on health and environmental protection concerning the natural gas extraction procedure.
The announcement comes just as 15 Republicans in the Senate have introduced a bill which would abolish the both the EPA and DOE, combining them into one agency.Need to get up to speed on fracking? See links below:More on Fracking
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