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EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Review of State and Industry Spill Data: Characterization of Hydraulic Fracturing-Related Spills

Burden et al. EPA Report. May 2015.


To better understand what is known about spills associated with hydraulic fracturing, the EPA analyzed spill data from states and industry (service companies, oil and gas well operators) sources. Data from these spills were used to characterize volumes and materials spilled, spills sources and causes, and environmental receptors. Results from this study provide important insights into the nature of hydraulic fracturing-related spills in several key states with hydraulic fracturing. This work was done as part of EPA's Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.