New results are in on the controversial oil and gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Five months after the water sample in late April was taken, data from the United States geological survey is now being released from water samples taken near Pavillion, Wyoming.
"Testing water is not just, it's not a simple science," said Keith Guille, spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.
An EPA report in December drew much criticism from the petroleum industry and state officials.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Wyoming , the USGS and two American Indian tribes collaborated on this latest sampling.
"We focused mostly on those same constituents that the EPA was sampling in their previous two rounds of studying on the two deep monitoring wells near Pavillion, Wyoming," said David Mott, USGS Director of Water Science Center.
The data will be added as public comment for the peer review panel to look over.
Over 1200 gallons of water was purged for the sample. The past five months have been spent comparing samples and checking quality assurance.
"We wanted to make sure everything was pretty much spot on perfect in the way of the data that we're providing," Mott said.
Even though data was released Wednesday afternoon, it will take much more time to analyze and understand what's there.
"The information released, it doesn't draw any conclusions. It's just more information for us to help try to solve the issues and try to come to a conclusion in the future there in Pavillion, Wyoming," Guille said.
The DEQ knows what's at stake and wants this process to be as transparent as possible.
"Certainly I know a lot of eyes are on this and certainly a lot of concerns about what this will or will not mean for the future of the state and also just oil and gas production," Guille said.
The release of this data is just another step in the process and there's still no telling how long it will be before we will have a final analysis.