NEW YORK The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agencys 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