House Republican Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford (R-OK) joined his colleagues in the House to vote in favor of H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. The bill would ensure that states continue to have primacy to oversee and regulate energy exploration within their borders, including hydraulic fracturing. Chairman Lankford released the following statement after the bill passed the House in a vote of 235-187:
"The energy bills in the House this week give Americans the opportunity to complete our goal of North American energy independence," said Lankford.
"Private sector innovation has combined horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to crack the shale code and enable us to explore previously unreachable pockets of oil and natural gas in North America. Oklahoma has led the way in energy exploration for over 60 years, demonstrating that a state can develop energy resources and protect our environment.
"Americans should develop our own energy, so we are not dependent on foreign countries that do not share our values or our national interests," continued Lankford. "Every Oklahoma family understands how the cost of energy will determine how much money you have left over at the end of each month. If we can continue to increase the supply of energy, it will continue to reduce the cost of energy.
"Energy-producing states, like Oklahoma, lead the nation in employment. If we protect local energy production, while still rationally protecting our natural resources and wildlife, we can create more jobs and achieve a stable and vibrant economy that relies on local ingenuity, instead of federal regulations," concluded Lankford.