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Group seeks delay in EPA oversight
An oil and gas industry group has proposed tabling legislation that would give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate fracturing until the EPA completes its study. Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy in Depth, said further regulation of hydraulic fracturing could hamper domestic energy production and job growth. Calling such legislation a "bureaucratic nightmare,” U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said, "Keeping the hydraulic fracturing exemption intact from onerous EPA regulation is critical to increasing the supply of American energy.” He also said the EPA concluded in 2004 that hydraulic fracturing poses no threat to groundwater. However, environmental groups insist that study has been discredited.