Representative Lankford (R-OK) issued the following remarks after his Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform held a hearing to examine the administration's unrealistic and burdensome regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The hearing was the second of a two-part Oversight series discussing how the Obama administration's misdirected energy policy is preventing state and local regulators from fulfilling their rightful role in managing energy and natural resources.
The subcommittee hearing specifically targeted two regulatory actions recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The administration's rhetoric used in place of reality in the discussion of hydraulic fracturing is polluting the public perception of a safe energy retrieval process.
"Earlier today in a full committee hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, we discovered how regulations imposed by the administration are in direct contradiction with what the President claims is his 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy," said Representative Lankford. "What we continue to find is that his "comprehensive energy plan' appears to encourage only all-of-the-above and nothing below the Earth's surface.
"In my subcommittee hearing this afternoon, we went a step further by showing that tightening the EPA's red tape around hydraulic fracturing is stifling an important American industry and preventing an economic recovery. Complex and nearly insurmountable regulations on our nation's energy producers neither protect Americans' health and safety, nor enable us to achieve energy independence."
This administration discusses fracking as a new, unsafe energy option, while states like Oklahoma and Texas have been industry leaders in fracking for more than 60 years. Hydraulic fracturing is only one step in an already safe and accountable multi-step process. The 2.1 million-mile underground natural gas delivery system has a remarkable safety record, and voluntary chemical disclosures from more than 115 companies have provided transparency and accountability on the chemicals used in the process.
"This administration has waged an all-out war on hydraulic fracking and the domestic energy industry," continued Lankford. "States like Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Utah have taken the initiative to become energy innovators through leading the way with new, safe technology. Every day fracking technology gets better and cleaner. Fear of fracking, driven by misleading rhetoric and EPA overregulation, can only be deflated through getting the facts out there and talking to the experts.
"I applaud my subcommittee colleagues for engaging in this important debate and for encouraging discussion of an energy policy that is built from below the ground up," concluded Lankford.