Washington D.C. - Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology (SST) Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hydraulic fracturing study:

The study released today by Battelle—a highly respected independent science and technology organization—identifies numerous concerns with EPA’s ongoing hydraulic fracturing study.  Battelle’s comprehensive technical review found widespread problems with EPA’s study design, implementation, and quality control processes.  The Battelle report provides many constructive recommendations that EPA can undertake to improve the transparency, quality and ultimate value of its study.  I hope and expect that EPA will work hard to address Battelle’s recommendations, and I look forward to following up with EPA on the status of this effort in the coming weeks.”

Hydraulic fracturing is a proven technology enabling dramatic increases in domestic oil and gas production, providing Americans with affordable, plentiful energy needed to drive the economy.  In 2011 and 2012, numerous experts appearing before the SST Committee—including senior Obama Administration officials—testified that over one million oil and gas wells have been hydraulically fractured without a single documented case of drinking water contamination.

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