From the Desk of Gene Powell, Publisher/Editor Powell Shale Diogest
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) sent out an Action Alert to all members on November 14th: this week, the U.S. House of Representatives plans to consider two pieces of legislation designed to address issues involving hydraulic fracturing.
The first bill, H.R. 2728 supports the current state-based regulatory structure for oil and natural gas development – including hydraulic fracturing. This is a common sense piece of legislation designed to thwart additional federal regulations currently being considered by the Department of the Interior.
The second bill in this package is H.R. 2850, which requires that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adhere to an objective and peer reviewed process when conducting a study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Additionally, the legislation requires that the identification of any possible impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water be accompanied by objective estimates of probability, uncertainty and consequences of each potentially identified impact.
Tell your Member of Congress to vote yes on H.R. 2728 and H.R. 2850.