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GOP Lawmaker Working on Bill That Would Give Fracking Oversight to States

E&E Daily reports that Congressmen Lee Terry (R-Neb.), and Ed Whitfield (R-Ken.), want to introduce a bill that would strip the federal government of all oversight of fracking and leave it up to the states. Rep. Terry says he’s enlisting the help of Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster. Terry spoke at a natural gas round table at the capitol on Tuesday. More from E&E:

Terry said the measure is targeted at providing the oil and gas industry with the certainty that can attract investments. It would, he said, head off questions from multiple federal agencies, particularly a U.S. EPA “one size fits all” regulation that could essentially ban fracking.

The bill, he said, “would just say something as simple as states have the explicit jurisdiction over fracking based upon their inherent higher knowledge of the geological formations” and clarify that states are in the best position to implement specific regulations.

Terry said he’s also discussing the measure with Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).



  • Kaye Kiker

    Giving fracking oversight to states is a bad idea. Many southern environmental state regulatory agencies are underfunded and poorly staffed to adequately monitor fracking activity. In many cases, the polluter industry is not monitored until an accident, spill, fire, explosion or some other site incident is reported. Look at what happened when the BP oil disaster happened. Eleven men lost their lives and massive fish and bird kills. The USEPA is not as tough as they should be on water and air pollution from the fracking industry, but state environmental agencies are easily manipulated by local politics that would rather embrace profits over protecting water and human health. Politicians already get rich from political contributions as it is. Imagine what it would be like if this greedy Bill is passed and implimented.

  • cathy hansen

    offshore exploration and production in federal water is now regulated by the federal government, not states. the BP mess was regulated by therefor by the federal folks, not by Louisiana which has an extensive regulatory program.

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