Energy policy — oil and gas: The Niobrara shale play in northern Colorado may get a close look by the Environmental Protection Agency

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

Responding to public outcry about the risks to drinking water fracking might pose, Congress directed the EPA to conduct a study about how fracking affects drinking water. The EPA’s findings are expected to be made public by the end of 2012, with a more detailed report following in 2014. The EPA’s study plan includes an 11-page list of chemicals the agency has found in fracking fluid, including gelling agents, surfactants, biocides, corrosion inhibitors, lubricators, viscosifiers and the fracturing fluid trimethylbenzene, among others. The Niobrara oil play straddles the state line and stretches from northern Weld, Logan and Larimer counties in Colorado to as far north as Torrington, Wyo…

The EPA will look closely at the mechanics of Niobrara shale fracking in Laramie County, Wyo., which borders Weld County, and study water quality changes with time. The agency also will look at how fracking has impacted water quality in Western Colorado’s Piceance and San Juan basins.

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