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EPA chief Lisa Jackson says natural gas production is ‘a good thing’

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells House Oversight and Government Reform Committee she knows of no proven cases that “fracking” had harmed water.

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: May 25, 2011
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Lisa Jackson U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

“We are doing that, with input from technical experts, the public and industry,” she said.

“In the meantime, EPA will step in to protect local residents if a driller jeopardizes clean water and the state government does not act.”

Under questioning from a Pennsylvania Republican, Jackson said she was “not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself” had affected water.

Oklahomans react

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said later that other EPA officials have said the same thing in recent years.

“Lisa Jackson’s statement today that she does not know of any proven cases of water contamination further demonstrates that states are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and efficiently, and there is no need for the federal government to step in,” Inhofe said.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, told Jackson that natural gas companies in his district told him they had “no idea” what was happening in regard to the EPA’s study on hydraulic fracturing.

Jackson said she was “perplexed” that the companies wouldn’t know about a study that has been transparent from the outset and involved industry input. She said the scope of the study is still being defined. It is not expected to be completed until late next year.


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