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Hydraulic Fracturing and the Safe Drinking Water Act: Outreach

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This page focuses on outreach related to hydraulic fracturing and the Safe Drinking Water Act. For outreach related to EPA's study of hydraulic fracturing and other Agency activities to address hydraulic fracturing see the links below:

Underground Injection Control Guidance (UIC) for Permitting Oil and Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels

EPA has developed draft Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II permitting guidance for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels. This document describes information useful in permitting the underground injection of oil-and gas-related hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuels where EPA is the permitting authority. EPA's goal is to improve compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements and strengthen environmental protections consistent with existing law.

Public Input During the Comment Period

Public Input During UIC Permitting Guidance Development

The Agency held four technical webinars with specific stakeholder groups. Experts contributed by providing technical input on topics related to operating and regulating underground injection in oil and gas formations, specifically when diesel fuels are used in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Two general public webinars were also held to provide background to solicit input on planned guidance:

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