EPA oversight of hydraulic fracturing is unnecessary, lawmakers say

04/27/2010 | Reuters

Lawmakers should oppose legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that has been blamed for tainting water supplies, say Reps. John Sullivan, R-Okla., and Mike Ross, D-Ark. States are currently responsible for regulating the process. Such a move "would add burdensome and unnecessary regulatory requirements to the drilling and completion of oil and gas wells," the two wrote in a letter to Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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