Today, Congressman John Sullivan, Vice Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, offered the following statement expressing concerns over the Obama Administration's new regulations on American oil and gas production. Specifically, EPA announced new Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for domestic oil and gas operations, which will further regulate the process used to get oil and gas out of the ground, known as hydraulic fracturing.
"Regardless of how this rule is phased in, it could still have a significant impact on America's independent oil and natural gas producers. When it comes to our national energy policy, this administration preaches "all of the above" but has practiced a "nothing from below" approach. EPA's failure to consider the impact their regulatory agenda is having on jobs, domestic energy production and economic recovery keep moving us further from our goal of powering our nation with affordable and stable sources of American-made energy. The oil and natural gas sitting under our feet is a precious resource that we cannot afford to ignore."