1. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:
Industry-funded report calls out 'weaknesses' in EPA study
A study funded and designed by the oil and gas industry has found that industry should be more involved in U.S. EPA's study of whether hydraulic fracturing contaminates drinking water. "The industry has been doing this for many years," said Bernhard Metzger, a vice president at Battelle Memorial Institute who oversees the organization's oil and gas practice. "It's a weakness of the study that more industry collaboration is not envisioned."