Congressman Gary Palmer, a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, participated in a hearing entitled "Hydraulic Fracturing: Banning Proven Technologies on Possibilities Instead of Probabilities," and offers the following statement:
"One of my first priorities in Congress is getting our fiscal house in order. Between 2007-2013, the economy has seen increased gains of $74 billion per year as a result of fracking. During this same period, consumer gas bills dropped by $13 billion in a result of increased fracking. This is just the beginning. Advances in fracking technology have made America an energy superpower. Accessing our energy reserves must be a major part of our economic recovery plan.
"As the evidence at the hearing demonstrated, there are no confirmed instances of fracking polluting ground water and no demonstrated link between earthquakes and fracking, and advances in fracking technology has resulted in a 73% reduction in methane emissions since 2011. I encourage Congress to work toward making safe utilization of our natural resources a priority by lifting artificial barriers that prevent development."