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Inhofe Comments on EPA Announcement on Hydraulic Fracturing Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today commented on the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a public meeting to discuss how the agency will conduct a study on hydraulic fracturing.

"The first use of hydraulic fracturing occurred near Duncan, Oklahoma in 1949.  Since that time, hydraulic fracturing has become an essential production method in the completion of up to 80 percent of today's natural gas wells," Senator Inhofe said. "It has been used safely for decades and has helped strengthen America's energy security and created millions of good-paying jobs. As the Ranking Member of the EPW Committee, I will be working closely with EPA to ensure this important study is based on the best available science.  I also believe that in order to be credible, the study must follow a legitimate, objective peer-review process, as well as rely on data and expertise from state oil and gas regulatory agencies, and independent groups such as the Ground Water Protection Council.  Furthermore, to encourage public input and analysis, EPA must be transparent and open in the process of conducting this study."