Former EPA Regulator Says Feds Could Provide More Fracking Oversight

A former EPA official says federal regulators have a role in regulating fracking operations, and could provide research, education and oversight to states. Fracking operations are exempt from some federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act. And Pennsylvania’s regulators have opposed any new role by the EPA.

As hydraulic fracturing increasingly looks to be a future key source of energy in the US, it provides state and federal regulators an opportunity to develop complimentary roles in providing oversight of water use, a former federal water regulator said.

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