January 17, 2014

Support the Frac Pack Bills



Have you heard about The Frac Pack bills?   Recently I wrote to my representative, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, to state my support for these bills.  She is a strong supporter of the Frac Pack and replied with a good summary of what each bill means.

Here is the letter from Congresswoman Slaughter:

"You will be pleased to know that I am a co-sponsor of several of the so-called “Frack Pack” bills mentioned in your letter, including: H.R. 1921, the FRAC Act, H.R. 1154, the BREATHE Act, H.R.1175, the FRESHER Act, and H.R. 2825, the CLEANER Act. As a member of Congress, public health and safety will always be my number one priority. These bills will help regulate the oil and gas industry and hold them to the standards already in place for other industries. 
 
As you know, The FRAC Act would repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, an exemption given to the oil and gas industry in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The legislation would also require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with states to regulate hydraulic fracturing so these operations adhere to the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  
 
The BREATHE Act would reverse the exemption of oil and gas exploration and production activities from the Clean Air Act’s aggregation requirement. The bill would also require the EPA to add hydrogen sulfide to the federal list of hazardous air pollutants, as well as list major sources of this pollutant, including oil and gas wells. 
 
The FRESHER Act would close loopholes in the Clean Water Act which created exemptions for growing oil and gas industries by creating permitting requirements for industrial stormwater runoff that is related to oil and gas exploration and production. It would also create a study to better understand the effect of storm water runoff from oil and gas operations. 
 
Finally, the CLEANER Act would eliminate the exemption of oil and natural gas under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which subject industries that produce hazardous waste to strict regulations, which govern how this waste must be disposed. These specific exemptions are the result of a 1980 amendment passed during an oil crisis amidst fears of harming a fragile oil industry. This amendment is now out of date and unnecessary. 
 
Rest assured that I will closely monitor the progress of these important bills and will keep our shared views in mind should Congress take further action." 


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