House teeing up on oil-and-gas permitting, fracking bills; White House immediately issues veto threats on both

posted at 6:01 pm on November 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration is unfailingly fond of implying that the credit for the United States’ growing energy production and lessened oil imports belongs to the effectiveness and the foresight of their domestic energy policies, the majority of our heightened energy-sector productivity is due to industry activity on state and private lands, while production on federal lands has actually declined. Innovations in hydraulic fracturing especially have been a major driver of the otherwise pathetically meager economic recovery we have witnessed over the past few years, but predictably, that hasn’t stopped the Obama administration from hovering the regulatory hammer over the burgeoning drilling practice — they aren’t ones to voluntarily cede opportunities for acquiring new authority, you know — and the House GOP is trying to get out in front of the administration on both the permitting and the regulatory fronts with a pair of new energy bills, via the National Journal:

Much of the debate scheduled for the House floor Wednesday will focus on legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, to block the Interior Department from regulating fracking on public lands where state regulations are already on the books. …

“We have a shale-energy revolution in this country and the federal government shouldn’t be doing anything to jeopardize that,” Flores told National Journal Daily. “This bill would put the power to regulate back into the hands of the people who do it best—the states.” …

“Imposing a ‘one-size-fits-all’ federal regulation on hydraulic fracturing would add costly and duplicative layers of red tape that would only stand in the way of increased American energy production,” Hastings said. …

The House will also vote Wednesday on legislation sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., that would speed up the time it takes for companies to receive a permit to drill on federal lands and open up more federal lands to drilling.

The oil-and-gas permitting bill already passed with the House’s approval on Wednesday afternoon, and the fracking legislation is expected to easily pass the House as well — except that it probably won’t matter too much, because the White House has already issued their obligatory veto threats on both counts, via The Hill:

The White House is threatening to veto House GOP bills that would thwart Interior Department hydraulic fracturing rules and force regulators to speed up oil and gas drilling permits. …

The bill to block planned Interior Department regulation of the oil and gas extraction technique dubbed fracking would prevent Interior from ensuring that it occurs in a “safe and responsible manner,” the White House said.

“The bill, as reported, would undermine these efforts and instead require [Interior’s Bureau of Land Management] to defer to existing State regulations on hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands, regardless of the quality or comprehensiveness of the State regulations — thereby preventing consistent environmental protections,” the White House said of the bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas).Interior is preparing rules, which would apply to fracking that occurs on federal and Indian lands, that force disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process, and create standards around well integrity and management of so-called flowback water.

Yes, because heaven knows, federalism — ew — cannot possibly work for much of anything, can it? How could we depend on the states themselves to have the wherewithal to determine what is in their own best interests, i.e. bettering their own economies as well as safeguarding the environment? No way can they be entrusted with such a task! Nope, it’s all much better left up to the federal government’s top-down, politicized bureaucratizing. Duh.


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House teeing up on oil-and-gas permitting, fracking bills; White House immediately issues veto threats on both

but of course…

cmsinaz on November 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

If it’s good for America, Obama hates it.

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

this right here…

cmsinaz on November 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Can’t the States just Regulate the Interior Department out of Existence? After all, the Interior Department is doing more harm damaging the environment with their reams and reams of regulatory (tree killing) documents, than they are helping.

Varchild on November 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Frack the White House! I can’t wait for this POS to be gone! In a sane America he would be impeached, but for now I will take him just being emasculated!

texgal on November 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

You know, I just wish there was a simple way for every pure, Red state to secede and form their Union and put a fence around it 10′ high, electrically charge with signs stating “No Liberals”. Sick of em.

hillsoftx on November 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Despite his best efforts, the US is still increasing its own oil and gas production.

Here’s a cheerful fact: Obama has less time left in office than he has already occupied it.

Thank God.

BobMbx on November 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

House teeing up on oil-and-gas permitting, fracking bills; White House immediately issues veto threats on both

House teeing up on oil-and-gas permitting, fracking bills; White House immediately issues distraction squirrel.

Fixed for accuracy. The filthy lazy stupid bastard in the White House needs an enemy to move the focus away from Obamacare. He will threaten to veto bills naming Post Offices for Iraq and Afghanistan war heroes if it moves attention away from Obamacare. He is spoiling for a budget battle in January and a debt ceiling fight in February. By March there will be prolonged salvos of distraction squirrels. Don’t give into it. The real battle here is the repeal of Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

If it’s good for America, Obama hates it.

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

And he LOATHS it … and us.
Subdue at all costs.
Damn the Gimmedat Party full speed BACKWARDS!

Missilengr on November 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Here’s a cheerful fact: Obama has less time left in office than he has already occupied it.

Thank God.

BobMbx on November 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Less cheerful fact: Obama has already occupied office longer than any other socialist except FDR.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Frack the White House! I can’t wait for this POS to be gone! In a sane America he would be impeached, but for now I will take him just being emasculated!

texgal on November 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

well said…

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

House teeing up on oil-and-gas permitting, fracking bills; White House immediately issues veto threats on both
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*********** BOINKING NUTS ********************!!

canopfor on November 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

White House immediately issues veto threats on both


If it’s good for America, Obama hates it.

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

this right here…

cmsinaz on November 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

…in BOLD….cmsinaz

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Why does Obama bother to open his mouth? It’s not like Reid would ever let it hit the Senate floor. Do it anyway, House, at least vote for something you are for.

Cindy Munford on November 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Hey, can we focus on the real national shame here? No McRib at McDonald’s this season. When will our long national nightmare end?

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

canopfor on November 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

….thinking alike?

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

So, House Republicans are being obstructionist and partisan, but Obama is vetoing Republican bills before they’ve even been written. Evidently it’s just extremist for our legislature to even talk about these subjects, and writing legislation is a form of terrorism.

Socratease on November 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

By all means, Obama. Please give the Republicans something else to run on.

Othniel on November 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

MeanWhile,…Common Sense Reigns:

George W. Bush on Keystone pipeline: ‘Build the damn thing’
Tuesday 19 2013
***************

Former President George W. Bush had some quick advice to bring a boom to the job market during a conference in Pittsburgh: Start construction on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Only his words were more colorful: “Build the damn thing.”

Mr. Bush’s advice came as he was keynote speaker at the annual Developing Unconventionals, or DUG, energy conference.

“I think the goal of the country ought to be ‘how do we grow the private sector?’ That ought to be the laser-focus of any administration. And therefore, once that’s the goal, an issue like Keystone pipeline becomes a no-brainer,” Mr. Bush said, according to Keystone-XL-Pipeline-Will-Create-Jobs-Build-the-Damn-Thing” target=”_blank”>a recording obtained by Breitbart.(More…)
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/19/george-w-bush-keystone-pipeline-build-damn-thing/

canopfor on November 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

OT: Project Veritas has video of the Communications Director of an Obamacare Navigator group saying he’ll give the enrollees private data to a pro-Obama political group

Enroll America, a Sibelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare …. Chris Tarango, Texas Enroll America Communications Director who Project Veritas caught on tape agreeing to help obtain a private list of potential Obamacare enrollee data for election/political purposes.

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Kabuki Theater. While prices were rising during Bush’s terms in office, while we had majorities in the house and the senate, what exactly where these worthless Republicans doing about energy prices?

astonerii on November 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

OT: Project Veritas has video of the Communications Director of an Obamacare Navigator group saying he’ll give the enrollees private data to a pro-Obama political group

Enroll America, a Sibelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare …. Chris Tarango, Texas Enroll America Communications Director who Project Veritas caught on tape agreeing to help obtain a private list of potential Obamacare enrollee data for election/political purposes.

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Important!

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

No worries.

Attach it to the O-Care repeal bill the Donks will be offering up come February.

Slam dunk.

Bruno Strozek on November 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Give the federal land back to the states like it should be, and let the states do what they need/want.

I bet you the red states have energy booms with massive uptick in productiveness while the blue states will keep restrictions in place and squeeze out any growth they could have had.

watertown on November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Keep it coming GOP! Make him crazy with proposals to promote jobs. He’s tanking and losing control. Make it hurt!!! Make the dems run from him every day and all day.

DanMan on November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

It’s not too early for the RNC to start running regular adverts highlighting the bills that were passed during the 113th Congress by the House and promptly received a veto promise from the WH before being unceremoniously placed in Harry Reid’s wastebasket.

For an Administration that claims to be focused on providing assistance, ‘fairness’, and ‘justice’ to the poor, their energy policies directly and adversely impact those same poor and lower middle class.

Athos on November 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Important!

22044 on November 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Obama Rule 17: do whatever it F*****g takes.

kcewa on November 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Just resign already.

John the Libertarian on November 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Ignore his threats and run it up his keister.

Mason on November 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

If the GOP takes the Senate, we can actually put some of these bills on Obama’s desk, and then the Low Information Voters will finally get to see what everyone else knows: who Barack Obama is.

HitNRun on November 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The House needs to pass it ASAP, send it to the Senate and force the Dems to block it. There’s a chance enough Dems might actually force Reid to bring it to the floor where it might pass….putting Obama in the rock/hard place position. Even if they don’t allow it through…the Republicans can point to yet another attack on the economy and the middle class by Dems. It’s a win-win.

ScottiesRule on November 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

States need to start suing when the federal government oversteps its constitutional bounds.

sadatoni on November 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

If it’s good for the economy, King Barack will veto it!

GarandFan on November 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Moochelle says dear leader sings a lot in the bathroom. He must not have heard about Prep H. Add that to his long list of ‘I didn’t knows’. How can he issue a veto threat when the bills haven’t even been read yet? Oh, wait.

Kissmygrits on November 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM