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Center Criteria for Evaluating Hydraulic Fracturing Projects‏

The Hydraulic Fracturing issue does not lend itself to taking a blanket position 'for' or 'against' the practice. As such, the Center has developed criteria for project by project determinations.

Each criterion below must be agreed to in order to get Center support for a specific fracking project.

1) Project not within 5 miles of a community underground or surface drinking water source.

2) If project is within 5 miles of a community underground or surface drinking water source, developer puts up $10 million bond to community responsible for groundwater source.

3) Waiver of bond if 100% of property owners dependent upon ground or surface water drinking supplies in 5 mile zone sign support letter for project.

4) Offer free well testing to any well owner within the 5 mile zone.

5) Publish U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) aquifer information on internet website.

6) Disclose chemical constituents (but not proprietary chemical formulas) used in fracturing process.

7) Voluntary agreement posted on corporate governance to disclose proprietary chemical formulas or specific chemical identity to physician in the event of a medical emergency (with appropriate confidentiality protections).

8) Utilize less toxic or nontoxic substitute chemicals.

9) Complete containment of all drilling wastes within flowback water handled at the well pad.

10) 150 foot buffer between well pad and flowback containment and any surface water body.

In addition to these criteria specifically targeted to hydraulic fracturing projects, the Center also has general criteria for supporting or opposing development projects.

Center Criteria For Supporting or Opposing Development Projects

1. Is the project environmentally damaging?
2. If the project is environmentally damaging, is the damage significant?
3. Does the project promote sprawl?
4. Does the project harm vulnerable communities?
5. Is the project outside of a smart growth area?
6. Does the project cause economic disadvantage or have any negative or biased economic consequences?
7. Are there many environmentally damaging projects in the area?
8. Do the majority of residents in the region oppose the project?
9. Does the political decision-making body oppose the project?
10. Do environmental groups oppose the project?

The project is eligible for Center support if seven of the ten questions receive a 'no' answer.