Gohmert Introduces The Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act
Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced companion legislation (HR 928) in the House of Representatives to the Senate version of the FRESH Act, introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
This legislation would give states the right to regulate hydraulic fracturing on all land within the boundaries of the States. It would also force companies with hydraulic fracturing operations on Federal lands to comply with current State laws.
“In the wake of the overreaching and unaccountable Obama Administration, the need to ensure that states have sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing is more apparent than ever. Texas agencies are routinely much more accountable, more knowledgeable of the fracturing and production procedures used in Texas, and much less indiscriminate, while being focused like a laser on the very air, water, environment that the Texas agency members have to breathe, drink, and live in, much more so than DC-entrenched bureaucrats. With the prospects of a new energy and job friendly administration, there is a real opportunity to restore the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment while preventing burdensome and overreaching Washington regulations from stymying job creation in Texas at the same time they increase the cost of gasoline and energy.”
“States such as Texas have the intricate knowledge and first-hand expertise necessary to properly regulate this energy without the need for a federal, one-size-fits-all approach that has been destructive and costly to our nation’s energy interests. For these reasons, it is time to put people to work producing our own energy, which sends less money to countries that do not like us, all while lowering the cost of living. This is one of those bills that is good all the way around.”
“Hydraulic fracturing is critical to our domestic energy production, supporting economic competitiveness and national security. Unfortunately, the federal government has been seeking to burden the industry with red tape, duplicating state regulations, making our energy production more expensive and preventing the United States from achieving greater energy independence. I am proud to introduce the FRESH Act which explicitly gives states the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations within their states borders.” – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
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