EPA Seeks to Enhance Transparency in Hydraulic Fracturing
Public process to help promote transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA also is soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. A public process through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will help inform EPA’s efforts to promote the transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities while strengthening protection of air, water, land and communities.
EPA’s ANPR includes a list of questions for stakeholders and the public to consider as they develop their comments. Following the 90-day comment period, the agency will evaluate the submitted comments as it considers appropriate next steps. ANPRs are intended to engage the public and solicit comments and/or information from the public for EPA’s consideration in addressing a particular issue, including information that the agency could consider in developing non-regulatory approaches or a proposed rule.