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  • “The Domestic Energy Prevention Act” Introduced In the House

    San Joaquin Valley, California --- Rows of Pipes at a Natural Gas Pipeline

    The last few years have been bumpy ones for energy supplies and prices, but one piece of good news has been the upturn in domestic natural gas production. The reason is a technology called hydraulic fracturing that makes it possible to produce gas in areas where it had previously been deemed infeasible. In effect, high pressure fluids are injected underground to free the gas beneath rock formations where the energy would otherwise be trapped. America has a lot of these formations, which many in the energy industry previously thought were inaccessible. Instead, domestic natural gas production has been increasing in recent year. This is particularly good news given the importance of natural gas – for electricity production, residential and business use, and as a feedstock in the fertilizer and chemicals industry.

    Leave it to Congress to try to take away the good news. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) are expected to introduce a bill requiring hydraulic fracturing to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing fear that the natural gas boom could come to an abrupt end should EPA regulators apply this statute to natural gas wells.

    The federal Safe Drinking Water Act has never been applied to hydraulic fracturing, nor has there been any need to do so. The notion that the fluids could contaminate drinking water supplies is purely hypothetical. It has literally never happened. State regulation of the process has been more than adequate to protect public health.

    This proposal is a solution in search of a problem. Or more precisely, yet another weak excuse to crack down even further on domestic energy production.

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    4 Responses to “The Domestic Energy Prevention Act” Introduced In the House

    1. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Please conduct a town hall meeting in Colorado and New York where the two Congresspersons got elected and paint them as anti-American for campaigning against America's prosperity and jobs. We have to get rid these parasites in Congress for the sake of our children and grand children.

    2. Charles, Texas says:

      It's obivious that intelligence is not required to run for political office. A birth certificate sure isn't. It's scary to see that liberals are willing to kill the "golden goose" to control it. How are we going to be "energy independent" if can't use resources that we totally control? We can't drill for oil or natural gas or use nuclear power. Can we harness all the hot air coming out of the beltway? Time to locate a broom & prepare for a Mid-Term House cleaning.

    3. Dexter, San Francisc says:

      Perhaps these DSA piglets, not unlike other more easily recognized terrorists, have a need to achieve some sort of martyrdom — we should help them along: in the face of their predictions of global warming and their credibility, we should be starting now burning them to keep warm. Just in case. There's a double energy-savings right there.

      Without a Constitution in this country there is little else we can do.

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