Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Defends States' Ability to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing
Congressional hearing explores federal oversight options for fracking process
States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place are properly overseeing the activity and do not need federal interference, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) secretary Mike Krancer told members of Congress on Nov. 16.
Krancer testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The group is part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and called the hearing to focus on states' wastewater handling and regulations.
"It is total fiction that sewage treatment plants are discharging these 'terrible' waste products into the waterways," Krancer said. "The question here is whether the states are capable, and the states are doing a good job."
Because each state has unique geography, topography and geology, a federal "one-size-fits-all" approach to regulation would be "unwise, duplicative and unnecessary," Krancer testified.
He said there have been more than 1.2 million wells used for hydraulic fracturing across the nation in the past 60 years, and neither the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nor state regulatory agencies have seen any documented cases of fracking causing contamination of drinking water supplies.
Krancer credited Pennsylvania's regulatory program and oversight of natural gas activities with protecting the state’s surface and groundwater.
"The shale gas here is abundant, available, domestic, clean and cheap, and is already transforming our economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs and lower energy prices," Krancer said.
More Like This
- Former Staff Urge Calif. Gov. Brown to Impose Fracking Moratorium
- Pa. DEP Takes Steps to Improve Consistency in Marcellus Shale Enforcement
- Informational Sessions on New Pennsylvania Fracking Law Planned
- EWG: Drinking Water Threatened by Toxic Natural Gas, Oil Drilling Chemicals
- Pennsylvania DEP Fines Chesapeake Energy for Water Well Contamination