The U.S. House of Representatives approved two different hydraulic fracturing legislation bills: HR 2728 and HR 2850. The passage of HR 2728, titled the Protecting States’ Right to Promote American Energy Security Act, and HR 2850, known as the Hydraulic Fracturing Improvement Act, mark the first time that Congress has recognized and encouraged hydraulic fracturing in the country. Representative Flores, a Republican from Texas, introduced both fracturing legislation bills.
About HR 2728 and HR 2850
HR 2728 serves several purposes, and is designed to rebuke the Department of Interior’s proposed limits on hydraulic fracturing and horizontal well drilling on federal lands. These new rules are set to become effective in 2015. Since their proposal in 2011, the IPAA has been fighting to have these regulations dismissed. HR 2850 employs science to evaluate a recent EPA study on hydraulic fracturing and its effects on drinking water. The EPA has been drawing out this study for a number of years, and the new bill will force the agency to be more accountable to a third-party peer review process and make the process transparent to the American public. The IPAA believes that the passage of both HR 2728 and HR 2850 shows a pro-energy, pro-fracturing stance amongst U.S. representatives. The final bipartisan vote was 235-187, with members of all parties stepping out in favor. IPAA President Barry Russell stated that “this legislation, HR 2728, safeguards natural gas and oil development on federal lands by empowering states to regulate energy development, as they have been doing safely and responsibly. The long history of effective state regulation demonstrates that a one-size-fits-all federal requirement is unnecessary and will not increase environmental protection.”
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