EPA Chief Tells Congress ‘There’s No Proof Fracking Is Dangerous’

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.”

Tell The EPA To Get Its Facts Straight: Fracking Is Dangerous!

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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John W.
.4 years ago

I think fracking should proceed with stronger regulations.

Janice Plante
Janice Plante6 years ago

This article inspired me to do a blog post.


Krista M.
Krista M7 years ago

she needs to go. do an investigation on her! first check and see if she has a brain.

Margaret M.
Marge F7 years ago

Thank-you for the informative article. I don't know how (although I have some ideas) Ms. Lisa Jackson got to be appointed the Administrator of the EPA, however, it's obvious she is not suitable for the position & needs to be replaced ASAP by someone who is educated & thus has the knowledge required for the position.

Bob S.
Bob S.7 years ago

The countrys energy policy is still Dick Cheneys. Halliburton loopholes still exist.Poisons that will kill the citizens are enjected into our environment with government approval. The EPA is too slow to act and is politically driven by big oil & gas. A complete overhaul of the corrupt system is needed immediately.

David Youmans
David Youmans7 years ago

I think we've had about enough of this government corruption... it seems as though our entire government and all it's agencies that are supposed to exist to protect and serve the people of the United States, are owned by the big corporations that are ruining the world and destroying this country.

It's time time for it to become "A government of the people, by the people, and for the people" again. Time for the powers that be to work for us like they're supposed to. If only there was someone that would really do that, that had a chance in hell of getting elected...

Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

The gag orders that folks with ruined water and land have to sign to get relief is a lawyer construct which allows Huge Gas companies to become serial perpetrators, distroying water, land and air quality again and again.
Making vast tracts of land uninhabitable so that people can continue to waste so much energy is insane to say the least.

Daniel K.
Daniel K.7 years ago

Edit: Horizontal and Vertical Fracking are not the same *beast*.

Daniel K.
Daniel K.7 years ago

@ Gene P.

this is a commonly misstated argument, 'industry has been fracking for 60 years' = MISLEADING. That's VERTICAL. Horizontal and Vertical are not the same best. With horizontal high volume slick "water" hydraulic fracturing "it's like your neighbor asking if they can park in your driveway and when you come back there are 200 cars there". This is NOT your grandfather's well. Horizontal fracking has NEVER been done in New York State and we plan to keep it that way, despite the lack of courage show by Ms. Jackson and others to protect the public health from the many burdens of horizontal hydrofracking.

Susan V.
Susan V7 years ago

Really if you apply the Precautionary Principle (discussed regularly in Rachel's Weekly Archives) you don't WAIT til it's proven dangerous - you DON'T DO IT unless you can PROVE IT'S NOT!

This should be true for every damned thing we do and allow-- Monsanto, Dow, USDA and others should have had it imposed on them ages ago.

And we're supposed to trust Halliburton Now and its mix of Monsanto-Dow- and the rest of the dirty dozens' fracking chemicals?