The “news” report that is circulating claiming the FRAC Act is on hold is false. This report is straight from industry and exposes industry’s desperation and fear of the FRAC Act. If hydraulic fracturing is so damn safe, what are they afraid of.
Email from Congressman Maurice Hinchey office:
I spoke to our Washington staff about the GLG article. The author of the article did not speak to either our staff or staff at Rep. Degette’s office, and that oversight in their research might help to explain their glaring errors.
The FRAC Act is not on hold. We are continuing to push that legislation, and there is no direct connection between that legislation and the EPA’s study. The legislation is independent of the EPA’s study. Restoring federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing to ensure some basic level of protection across the country is needed, regardless of the final outcome of the study.
The EPA does have the funding to do the study, and we have seen nothing credible to suggest that the study will not be moving forward during the coming year. Once the study begins, it may take some time to complete in order to be a thorough and scientific examination.
Please keep in mind that these so-called industry “advisors” have their own agenda, which might include boosting the value of their clients’ investment in natural gas companies and seeding doubt that the federal government is going to be involved in regulating and studying their drilling processes.
Office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey
For more information on the FRAC Act see: FRAC Act
For more information on Hydraulic Fracturing see: Hydraulic Fracture