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Killdeer in Dunn County chosen for study focusing on hydraulic fracturing's impact on drinking water

Killdeer in Dunn County was chosen for a study focusing on hydraulic fracturing's impact on drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

The EPA has identified seven case studies. The sites chosen were selected following extensive input from stakeholders, including the public, local and state officials, industry and environmental organizations, according to the agency.

The EPA will begin field work in some of the selected regions this summer.

The studies will be broken into two groups. Two of the seven sites were selected as prospective case studies where the EPA will monitor key aspects of the hydraulic fracturing process throughout the life cycle of a well.

These include Haynesville Shale in DeSoto Parish, La. and Marcellus Shale in Washington County, Pa.

Five will examine areas where hydraulic fracturing has occurred for any impact on drinking water resources. These include the Bakken Shale in Killdeer in Dunn County, along with:

Barnett Shale - Wise and Denton Counties, Texas

Marcellus Shale - Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Pa.

Marcellus Shale - Washington County, Pa.

Raton Basin - Las Animas County, Colo.

See Friday's Press for more on the story.