Energy and Commerce Leaders Question EPA’s Record on Hydraulic Fracturing Studies

July 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarty seeking information related to the agency’s study of hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination. The members are specifically interested in how EPA’s experiences with site-specific studies at Pavillion, Wyoming, Parker County, Texas, and Dimock, Pennsylvania, are shaping the agency’s ongoing and comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Study.

Last month, EPA announced it was withdrawing from its four-year study of well water contamination in Pavillion, WY. This withdrawal followed similar retreats in Dimock, PA and in Parker County, TX. In all three cases, EPA asserted its jurisdiction to investigate alleged water contamination only to later abandon the investigation and let the states take control. The committee leaders are asking EPA to answer a series of questions by August 13, 2013, to better understand the decisions to insert itself and then later close these inquiries, how these cases are informing the broader Hydraulic Fracturing Study, and the current status of the comprehensive study.

Signing the letter was full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX), Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

For a copy of the letter, click HERE.