Resolution Would Protect State’s Rights in Natural Gas Extraction Process, Christiana Says
Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) today introduced a House resolution (HR 609) supporting continued state regulation of the hydraulic fracturing process associated with natural gas development and extraction.
Christiana’s resolution, which has bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, also urges Congress to forgo legislation requiring federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing for developing America’s natural gas resources.
“Hydraulic fracturing is absolutely essential to produce natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other gas shales that promise to hold more than a 100-year supply of natural gas for our nation, which would go a long way in reducing our reliance on foreign oil,” Christiana said. “This clean and safe process has been used on more than one million wells and been the subject of more than 30 studies by various state and federal agencies. There are absolutely NO documented cases linking hydraulic fracturing to contamination of ground water.”
Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), which has been used to stimulate production of oil and gas wells for more than 60 years and is currently used on more than 90 percent of wells drilled in the United States, involves pumping sand, water and several diluted chemical additives, which represent less than 1 percent of the mixture, into the rock to create a fracture allowing natural gas to escape for extraction.
“As a member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, I believe that Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, along with Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, have been very effective in protecting drinking water aquifers from contamination attributable to hydraulic fracturing,” Christiana said. “Recent efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which would substantially increase the costs of producing our vast reserves of clean, domestic natural gas with no resulting environmental benefits, are unwarranted and were never intended by Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency.”
“Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulatory program is among the most stringent in the United States and places great emphasis on protecting groundwater supplies. I believe that additional and costly Federal oversight is unnecessary and cost-prohibitive.”
Additional information on Hydraulic Fracturing, as well his upcoming Marcellus Shale Informational Event scheduled for Feb. 11, is available at Christiana’s Web site at www.RepChristiana.com.
Rep. Jim Christiana
15th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Joseph Pistorio
House Republican Public Relations
Member Site: RepChristiana.com
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