It has been reported by the U.S.Chamber that the Environmental Protection Agency aims to regulate Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction, despite the fact that the practice is already regulated by officials at both State and Federal levels.
“EPA continues is quest to regulate hydraulic fracturing. This time, the agency is asking the public if it should collect information on the fluid used in the technique and how it should be done.
It’s doing this despite the agency’s history of jumping to conclusions that hydraulic fracturing contaminates groundwater then backing away from the charges.
EPA also is doing this despite then EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson telling Congress in 2011, “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.”
Even today, former Obama administration officials agree with Jackson’s comment. “We know that, from everything we’ve seen, there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone,” former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently said recently, and former Energy Secretary (and Nobel Prize winner in Physics), Steven Chu said in 2013, that hydraulic fracturing is “something you can do in a safe way.”
Beyond whether there’s a problem that needs to be addressed, additional federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing would be duplicative of state efforts, a report from the Senate and Congressional Western States Caucuses concludes.”
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