August 31, 2010
WHITE HOUSE TO BE BRIEFED ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING STUDY ON SEPTEMBER 1: A pre-briefing was held for Administrator Jackson on August 25, where it was also decided who would sign the information request letters to solicit the chemical constituent information of the hydraulic fracturing fluids. During the week of September 6, Deputy Administrator Perciasepe will sign the voluntary request letters, which will request an initial response within 7-days regarding the companies’ intent to supply the requested information. If they comply, they will have 30 days. If they do not respond, or state they will not comply, a mandatory information request letter will be sent citing multiple statutory authorities. Messages which will be emphasized during the White House briefing will include: 1) the states are the lead regulators and the public’s first efforts to report concerns should be to those agencies; 2) EPA is not pre-judging the outcome of the hydraulic fracturing study, but is aware of the reports voiced by many concerned citizens; 3) EPA expects to have the initial results of the study by the end of 2012; and 4) if problems are identified during the study, EPA will work with the state regulatory agencies to ensure protection of human health and the environment.