May 18, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 76 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
PROTECTING STATES' RIGHTS TO PROMOTE AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 76
(Senate - May 18, 2015)
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[Page S2951] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PROTECTING STATES' RIGHTS TO PROMOTE AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY ACT Mr. HATCH. Finally, Mr. President, I would also like to briefly talk about legislation I introduced earlier this year, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which reinforces States' already effective regulatory practices relating to hydraulic fracturing. This important piece of legislation recognizes States' demonstrated ability to properly address hydraulic fracturing and allows them to continue regulating on this issue. Importantly, this legislation does not prevent the Bureau of Land Management from promulgating baseline standards where none exist. As background, for over 60 years, States have safely and successfully regulated hydraulic fracturing in a way that protects the environment. When I was in the oil business back in the early 1970s, hydraulic fracturing was being used then, although it has been brought clearly into a much more safe and responsible way since. Even the Obama administration has admitted there has never been an example of harm to human health or groundwater contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing under existing State regulations and oversight. States should be able to continue to regulate hydraulic fracturing, and swift passage of this bill will afford needed certainty and future security for emerging U.S. energy development companies. I urge my colleagues to support this important legislation. With that, I suggest the absence of a quorum. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll. The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll. Mr. HATCH. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mrs. Ernst). Without objection, it is so ordered. ____________________