Water: Hydraulic Fracturing
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:
- EPA's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Study and Related Information
- Natural Gas Extraction - Hydraulic Fracturing
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
- Tribal Consultation on Proposed Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Using Diesel Fuels
- Held Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Tribal Consultation Webinar - Presentation & Meeting Summary Coming Soon
- Notification of Consultation and Coordination on Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels (Draft) - July 26, 2012 (PDF) (4 pp, 523K)
- Public Meeting on Draft Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels
- Draft Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels
Links to the guidance, a FEDERAL REGISTER notice with background on questions for which EPA has requested public comment, and instructions for submitting written comments are on the web at the Hydraulic Fracturing Homepage.
In addition to the stakeholder meeting, you may send comments directly to EPA following the instructions described here.
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.
- EPA Presentations:
- Underground Injection Control 101 (PDF) (42 pp, 2MB)
- Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels (PDF) (27 pp, 289K)
- Meeting Summaries on Hydraulic Fracturing Using Diesel Fuels:
- State and Tribal Partner Webinar: May 9, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF) (7 pp, 45K)
- Federal Partner Webinar: May 10, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF)(6 pp, 52K)
- Industry Representatives Webinar: May 11, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF) (6 pp, 49K)
- Environmental Organizations Webinar: May 16, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF) (6 pp, 41K)
- Tribal Representatives Webinar: June 2, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF) (2 pp, 38K)
- Public Stakeholders Webinar: June 15, 2011 Meeting Summary (PDF) (8 pp, 60K)