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Congress Should Rein In the EPA

April 24, 2013

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications....

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Apr-25-13 10:27 PM

WVU, When using "we" are you employing it the editorial, author's, royal or patonizing sense? I exist in the business world so I'm not overly familiar w/ an individual referring to one's self in that manner.

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Apr-25-13 10:17 PM

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has no impact whatsoever on the state and federal laws that prohibit oil and gas extraction operations from causing surface water or ground water pollution. The whole of oil and gas operations are subject to the federal Water Pollution Control Act and is prohibited from causing pollution to the waters of the United States. In Pennsylvania, all aspects of oil and gas exploration and extraction, including drilling and fracing operations, are regulated by the state’s Oil and Gas Act, the Clean Streams Law and our water protection regulations. The fact is that the so-called and misnamed “Halliburton Loophole” in no way diminishes the statutory and regulatory coverage of our laws as applied to gas extraction.”

Not quite the free ride some present it to be!

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Apr-25-13 10:15 PM

From NPR, "It is true that some federal environmental statutes do not apply to gas drilling. Some of those exemptions date back long before Dick Cheney became Vice President in 2000. But the loophole refers to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which exempts the hydraulic fracturing process, also known as fracking, from federal oversight under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974."

And "In fact, some call the “Halliburton Loophole” a misnomer because states have their own rules in place. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer recently testified in Congress that federal oversight is unnecessary because the states are better equipped to implement and enforce their own rules." "Krancer pointed out in his testimony that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 had bipartisan support. And he’s right. Even the Chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic Party, Congressman Bob Brady, voted for it, along with then-Senator Barack Obama."

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Apr-25-13 2:27 PM

Since none of you seem to know the first thing about business, one small point. No business in this field works on a daily basis. It takes years to fully develop a mining property, and piles of money. So if the Feds can issue a permit, let you spend big bucks to set up, then waltz in and say "sorry, shut down, we changed our minds", fewer companies will take the risk.

"Good" I hear you say, keep the environment cleaner. True, but I hope you don't mind eating squirrel or other varmints because there are no local jobs, as in NO MONEY.

I have noticed all of you complaining about the lack of work locally. Ever manage to make the connection? Probably not.

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Apr-24-13 2:22 PM

mikeyd: We presume from your brief comment that you mean that the EPA turns a blind eye towards the gas business, that they're giving the gas biz a pass. They, by law, the Bush-Cheney Energy Policy Act of 2005, are compelled to do so. That act specifically rescinds and modifies certain items in other laws already passed which governed, and regulated, the environmental impacts of gas well drilling and fracking. The EPA was effectively stripped of any ability to regulate the gas and oil extraction biz. Guess they still want to exercise their muscles where they can.

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Apr-24-13 10:49 AM


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Apr-24-13 8:19 AM

while turning a blind eye to the gas business.

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