EPA Chief Stands By $14M Request For Fracking Studies

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson defended her agency's request for $14 million to study the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday over objections from Republicans who questioned whether the research was necessary.

Appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jackson said the agency needed the funds to continue ongoing research and support new studies that would address public concerns about the potential for fracking to foul water supplies, air and ecosystems.

The $14 million request represents a small fraction of the EPA's $8.3 billion...
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