By Ben Geman - 07/31/13 09:26 PM EDT
The House Science Committee will mark up legislation Thursday that forces the Environmental Protection Agency to alter its ongoing study of the effects of oil-and-gas “fracking” on drinking water resources.
Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) bill would require the major, years-long study to include “objective estimates of the probability, uncertainty and consequence of each identified impact, taking into account the risk management practices of states and industry.”
The bill before the committee Thursday states:
“Estimates or descriptions of probability, uncertainty, and consequence shall be as quantitative as possible given the validity, accuracy, precision, and other quality attributes of the underlying data and analyses, but no more quantitative than the data and analyses can support.”