EPA gears up for in-depth fracking study

ProPublica is on the case:

The agency wants to look at the potential impacts on drinking water of each stage involved in hydraulic fracturing, where drillers mix water with chemicals and sand and inject the fluid into wells to release oil or natural gas. In addition to examining the actual injection, the study would look at withdrawals, the mixing of the chemicals, and wastewater management and disposal.

Hat-tip to conservative conservationist Jeff Sykes for pointing me in this story's direction.