House Democrats to EPA: That fracking regulation that you left to the states? Big mistake.

posted at 1:21 pm on April 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The rapidly rising fortunes of shale gas via the hydraulic fracturing boom have been a rather irritating inconvenience for progressive eco-radicals and their extreme anti-fossil fuel goals. Natural gas has proven to be a more cleanly-burning alternative to coal, releasing far fewer carbon emissions in the process, and the stuff is going to be plentifully available and economically profitable for both domestic consumption and exports for decades and decades to come — which means that the green lobby’s willfully-self-impoverishing, all-renewables-or-bust agenda doesn’t have quite the weighty urgency that they claimed it did even just a few years ago, and they find themselves having to turn to other methods to try and throw wrenches into the works of the oil-and-gas industry. Wrenches, like, say, relentlessly pressuring the Obama administration toward an ultimately fruitless disavowal of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trying to get the Environmental Protection Agency to re-up studies that they hope will lead to more prohibitively top-down federal drilling regulations, via The Hill:

Eight Democrats in the House have asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reopen its investigations into water contamination incidents in Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Texas that they say may have been connected to natural gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. …

“While we appreciate that states act as the major source of regulation for unconventional drilling operations, we believe the Environmental Protection Agency has a key role to play in oil and gas development,” the Democrats wrote.

“We are writing to urge you to take any and all steps within your power to help these communities,” the said. …

The letter was signed Reps. Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Alan Lowenthal (Calif.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), David Scott (Ga.), Mark Pocan (Wis.) and Rush Holt (N.J.).

Do you appreciate that the states, who obviously have their own best interests in mind, can act as the major source of regulation for fracking, though? Because it kind of sounds like you don’t.

The EPA has investigated the environmentalist Left’s persistent and wildly exaggerated claims of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing on several occasions through the past few years; then, last year, they dropped one case and decided to leave two others to the regulatory auspices of the states in which the investigations were taking place. The Obama administration might not sincerely love natural gas, but they’ve apparently decided not to hinder it too much for now, touting its status as a “bridge fuel” in their “all of the above” energy plan — and, well, state-level regulation that can less ideologically take into account both environmental and economic impacts of its decisions? The eco-radicals just aren’t big fans of that at all.


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I still can’t believe people are rolling over on the news the EPA willingly poisoned people.

John the Libertarian on April 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yes, because energy independence is something liberals despise. Along with state’s rights, Christians, and Apple pie …

Whitey Ford on April 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Use facts call out the lies of the EPA and the commie Democrats.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com/

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Top ‘Men’!!

BigWyo on April 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The EPA lies.

Lies kill.

Truth is life.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Has Obama ever appointed a woman that even vaguely resembled one?

ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I didn’t know former Major League manager
Whitey Hertzog had a Brother?

ToddPA on April 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Tesla makes its money off the climate fraud tax credits.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Yup, the Testla thing may be Billy’s biggest, most
azzinine pimping yet…

ToddPA on April 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

How do you get rid of the EPA, or any Federal agency? How do you disband the NSA? How do we bring the military home from these unjust wars of aggression?

By electing Jeb Bush and Chris Christie?

Another Libertarian on April 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Punish the EPA . . . . . ABOLISH IT !

listens2glenn on April 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Transparently obvious they are out to destroy industry and successful States.

pat on April 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Has Obama ever appointed a woman that even vaguely resembled one?

ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Does he know any?

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

House Democrats to EPA: That fracking regulation that you left to the states? Big mistake, after all those are the people that were dumb enough to vote for us.

Flange on April 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

OT: $6Billion Goes Missing From The State Department

Fiscal responsibility… progressive style.

PS- Obama ran up a $1.5 Million hotel bill… for 1 day stay in Brussels.

thatsafactjack on April 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Does he know any?

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I suppose in the right light, the guy he married vaguely looks like a woman. Sort of.

Flange on April 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Saudi money in numbered accounts… just kidding… no I’m not.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Crap! I thought that picture was Tom Coburn the first time I glanced at it.

Lanceman on April 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Has Obama ever appointed marrieda woman that even vaguely resembled one? ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Any photos around of Michelle preggers?

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

“While we appreciate that states act as the major source of regulation for unconventional drilling operations, we believe the Environmental Protection Agency has a key role to play in oil and gas development,” the Democrats wrote.
.
from the article by Timothy Cama, thehill.com on April 02, 2014 at 05:12 PM

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B S . . . . . Barbra Streisand.
.
You sorry-assed excuses for “public servants” believe the Environmental Protection Agency has a key role to play in PREVENTING oil and gas development.

listens2glenn on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Pimping Tesla is good. We need more nuclear power to run our electric autos!

philw1776 on April 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Has Obama ever appointed marrieda woman that even vaguely resembled one? ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Any photos around of Michelle preggers?

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of her where she looked like she wasn’t.

She comes with scowl, never with svelte.

ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

listens2glenn on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

In that context “development” means suppression, silly.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Has Obama ever appointed a woman that even vaguely resembled one?

ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Does he know any?

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Lindsey Graham?

oh, wait…
Well, “he” isn’t male right?

ConstantineXI on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I suppose in the right light, the guy he married vaguely looks like a woman. Sort of.

Flange on April 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

It’s just another tell into the guy’s soul that he seems to need the company of angry women and seems attractive to them as well.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

He seems to need their cover, but I don’t think the Preen Lantern has much attraction to them.

Flange on April 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Finally, some D’rat transparency, out of the eight House Reps signing the letter, only one is from a state that would be affected.

antipc on April 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

It’s just another tell into the guy’s soul that he seems to need the company of angry women and seems attractive to them as well. Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Apparently massive delts and traps are high on his list too.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Lefty-Greenie Democrats: Come on, EPA, if you didn’t find any water contamination, spike a well sample and say there was!

Good luck with that–a lot of formerly poor Pennsylvania farmers are rather grateful for the royalty checks from gas frackers on their land!

Steve Z on April 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

The letter was signed Reps. Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Alan Lowenthal (Calif.), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), David Scott (Ga.), Mark Pocan (Wis.) and Rush Holt (N.J.).

…if you live in the area …drop them a line…along with an opinion in the local papers…generally…people are unaware of what these clowns are doing…so they never get any heat at home!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Last night or the night before on “O’Reilly” Miller disagreed with him on the Tesla salad tossing he was performing of late and stepped right on Bill O’s crank with the very simple question “Why don’t YOU own one then?”

Priceless…

Tim Zank on April 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Why isn’t gas and oil development and export our top priority, we have the means to solve several issues with one change. Jobs, revenue, lowered taxes, lower prices on everything, a worldwide position of strength to negotiate from etc. Do it now!

Sven on April 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I had a tasty lunch a few hours ago!

Any photos around of Michelle preggers?

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

But it wasn’t so tasty the second time.

Apparently massive delts and traps are high on his list too.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Nor the third.

Tsar of Earth on April 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yer being kinda obscure there dude.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Never mind, I think it sunk in!

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

L’ectricity comes out of that hole in the wall. What in the hell are you talking about H8r??

BigWyo on April 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Abolish The EPA

workingclass artist on April 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Yer being kinda obscure there dude.

Akzed on April 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

You’re comments evoked imagery that my upper GI did not handle well.

(But the rest of me enjoyed them thoroughly.)

Tsar of Earth on April 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

…if you live in the area …drop them a line…along with an opinion in the local papers…generally…people are unaware of what these clowns are doing…so they never get any heat at home!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Of the six, Cartwright is the only one in a district where fracking is talking place, and that section of NE Pennsylvania has enough NYC/Philly area environmental migrants (it’s where the fake “Gasland” claims originated), that he probably can get away with telling thousands of other people in the northern areas of his district he wants them to lose their high-paying jobs and/or mineral rights royalty checks.

For the rest, it’s simply gutless preening of their liberal credentials — they’re simply demanding that people in other congressional districts and states lose their jobs.

jon1979 on April 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

taking a page out of the Left’s playbook, why don’t conservatives fire all lefties that are pro global warming, anti fracking pro gay marriage vegetarians? Boycott all businesses that promote a pro-gay lifestyle ot indicate religious bias. I think if the majority began behaving like the minority, we could turn this around rather quickly and shut down this nonsense once and for all.

mouell on April 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

EPA was the worst mistake Nixon made. Bigger mistake than the Watergate cover-up.

BatGuano on April 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Last night or the night before on “O’Reilly” Miller disagreed with him on the Tesla salad tossing he was performing of late and stepped right on Bill O’s crank with the very simple question “Why don’t YOU own one then?”

Priceless…

Tim Zank on April 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’ve come to the conclusion that BOR is an economic illiterate. So, I find it unsurprising that he doesn’t understand any of the science or engineering behind electricity.

trigon on April 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

L’ectricity comes out of that hole in the wall. What in the hell are you talking about H8r??

BigWyo on April 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Course it does.
Haven’t you noticed that electric lights and such are still working years after any zombie (or other type) apocalypse in the the movies?
Lektricity is freely available in all those little holes and wires.

dentarthurdent on April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

O’Reilly doesn’t understand that much of our electricity comes from coal-fired plants? He doesn’t understand that these “electric” vehicles rely on coal for energy?

BatGuano on April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

EPA was the worst mistake Nixon made. Bigger mistake than the Watergate cover-up.

BatGuano on April 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

No kiddin’.
That Watergate thingy isn’t trying to destroy the entire country like the EPA is.

dentarthurdent on April 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

How do you get rid of the EPA, or any Federal agency?

Another Libertarian on April 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Don’t worry your little head about those Federal agencies, comrade.
They’re just here for our common good.
Everyone knows that the Park Service has to be heavily armed-up to prevent any pesky bears from filching your pic-a-nix basket.

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

x c

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Isn’t it great when you have politicians from other states dictate what they should do? The only politician listed above that is including in the states they are looking to castigate is Matt Cartwright from PA. And he doesn’t even serve in the area that the fracking is occurring.
And it’s time to start calling out the California politicians, who have proven to be corrupt. We can use Yee as an example of Democrats spouting out their liberal ideas while they break the law themselves. Gun control laws means the Democrats can freely traffic guns/rocket launchers. Green energy policies mean more taxes from the oil/gas companies so Democrats can fund their liberal projects with taxpayer money.

djaymick on April 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Everyone knows that the Park Service has to be heavily armed-up to prevent any pesky bears from filching your pic-a-nix basket.

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

and keep the serfs from recreatin’.

dentarthurdent on April 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

“Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”

Ronald Reagan

BatGuano on April 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

and keep the serfs from recreatin’.

dentarthurdent on April 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Of course.
Because Harry Reid doesn’t like us stinky serfs befouling the air in those pristine parks intended for the enjoyment of the royalty.

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

He seems to need their cover, but I don’t think the Preen Lantern has much attraction to them.
Flange on April 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Oh, I don’t mean attractive in that way. I mean they both see personal benefit to their mutual cooperation.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Last night or the night before on “O’Reilly” Miller disagreed with him on the Tesla salad tossing he was performing of late and stepped right on Bill O’s crank with the very simple question “Why don’t YOU own one then?”

Priceless…

Tim Zank on April 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’ve come to the conclusion that BOR is an economic illiterate. So, I find it unsurprising that he doesn’t understand any of the science or engineering behind electricity.

trigon on April 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

BOR should follow Letterboy.

slickwillie2001 on April 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Harry doesn’t recall saying this. It was obviously his doppelgänger:

Oh the (stinking) humanity.

justltl on April 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The EPA Administrator looks…odd.

BatGuano on April 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

0bama doesn’t have time to pick these women, his golfing/fundraising takes too much time – it’s valerie and moochelle.
And they make sure they are the “kind” of women who would not be interested in him.
Poor moochele has always been in competition with Beyoncé anyway. It must be tough.
BTW, is she home from China yet?

Bambi on April 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Well, Bill O’Reilly is pimping Tesla cars without mentioning power souces to create the electricity, so another loudmouth joins the gaggle.

butch on April 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I saw that. Pathetic. A couple of weeks ago he dismissed someone who questioned Global Warming. He did his typical pompous glance off to the side, a small hand wave and repeated, “Look…97% of the scientists agree. It’s happening, human activity is a large part, and it’s happening faster than any of the scientists thought. We have to do something”.

No spin zone.
We’re lookin’ out for you

Mimzey on April 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Control is what the EPA wants. When they get it there will be absolute control by the government. We’ll hear more BS and many will believe it just as the story of DDT. There isn’t enough room here to argue about the EPA but you can see what they did to the couple who built a house to the specs yet the EPA changed their minds and started daily fines on this couple.

mixplix on April 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

…if you live in the area …drop them a line…along with an opinion in the local papers…generally…people are unaware of what these clowns are doing…so they never get any heat at home!

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Every member of congress is owned by a particular industry and will knee-jerk vote in the way that benefits that industry. They don’t care if it has anything to do with their constituency. People need to start paying more attention to what their guy is doing. Districts where they don’t are the ones that elect Democrats. Big surprise.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I’m old enough to remember when they created some of those independent agencies. I knew it was a mistake.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How do you get rid of the EPA, or any Federal agency?

Another Libertarian on April 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Reagan tried to get rid of the Education Dept. You’d think he had advocated murdering children. Liberals don’t care about the children but it would have had a bad effect on their union cronies.

crankyoldlady on April 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM