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Fracking report White House commissioned to come out in December

President Obama is expected to receive the final report of a Department of Energy commission that he organized to advise him on the proper means of regulating the practice of hydrofracking.

CNN Money reports:

The subcommittee created earlier this year by President Obama to study shale gas drilling is expected to produce a final report before Christmas. The subcommittee will recommend ways that regulators and the industry can reduce the environmental impact of fracking…

The four most significant issues the group studied are: Possible pollution of drinking water from the chemicals used in fracking fluids, air pollution and community disruption in areas where drilling is underway, and the adverse impacts that shale production could have on the ecosystem.

The report also outlined recommendations to reduce the environmental impacts of fracking including, making information about production more readily available to the public, creating a Shale Gas Industry Operation organization, and improving safety and environmental performance of the companies involved in drilling for gas.

A number of scientists objected to the makeup of the subcommittee, arguing that they were too closely tied to the oil and gas industry. Their final report may be out as early as Nov. 18.

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