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EPA forms fracking research panel

Keywords: Tags  EPA, fracking, advisory panel, Bob Perciasepe, drinking water

NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board has formed a research advisory panel to review its 2014 draft report on the possible effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on drinking water.

"Our final report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources must be based on sound science and take into account the latest practices being used by the industry," EPA acting administrator Bob Perciasepe said in a statement. The study was announced in 2010 in response to a request from Congress.

The independent 31-member panel, chosen from nearly 150 candidates, was first screened to determine conflicts of interest and appearance of lack of impartiality, the EPA said.

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