Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about domestic energy policy and production.
During her testimony, Jackson was eager to refute Republican claims that the Obama administration intentionally blocked natural gas production by seeking to regulate hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
When questioned on Tuesday, Jackson said natural gas creates less air pollution than other fossil fuels, “so increasing America’s natural gas production is a good thing.”
Jackson told a Republican from Pennsylvania (a state nicknamed “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas“) that she was “not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself” had affected water.
Apparently, Jackson has never met the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, who admitted publicly that fracking has contaminated local drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania.
Jackson must also be unaware of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett who ordered gas drillers to stop taking fracking wastewater to public water treatment facilities.
And lastly, Jackson must never have heard of Duke University, which recently published a peer-reviewed scientific study which linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.
Of course, Jackson’s ill-informed comments thrilled Republicans who attended the hearing.
“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,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R-Tulsa).
In case you need reminding, Miss Jackson, you are the head of the EPA — an agency charged with the task of protecting our air, water and soil ABOVE ALL ELSE. Why are you stalling for the gas companies? What about the people who are afraid to drink their flammable tap water? I’m pretty sure they don’t need more scientific evidence to tell them the natural gas industry is totally “fracked.”
If you disagree with Administrator Jackson’s statements, say so on her Facebook page.
Also, take action by signing this petition: Tell The EPA To Get Its Facts Straight: Fracking Is Dangerous!
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