A team of independent science advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency are criticizing a report that studied the effects of hydraulic fracturing practices on drinking water. The Science Board Advisers are seeking clarification.
Last year's EPA draft report came after several years of analyzing literature and research, but its findings were largely inconclusive.
Still, many environmentalists and people in the gas industry and latched onto the report's major finding that drilling techniques cannot be linked to widespread contamination. The Science Board Advisers is concerned the report doesn't reflect the lack of data on fracking and its wastewater.
A public teleconference on the matter is scheduled for February 1st.