Thompson: Swarm of misinformation surrounds the process of hydraulic fracturing
May 9, 2013
Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege of serving as co-chairman of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, a bipartisan group working to promote the importance of natural gas and identify challenges in further utilizing this clean, abundant energy resource.
One of these challenges has to do with the swarm of misinformation that surrounds the process of hydraulic fracturing, the extraction process which is stringently regulated at the state level.
On April 29th, after a 16-month investigation, regulators in my home state of Pennsylvania found that hydraulic fracturing, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn't to blame for high methane levels found in drinking water in the northern Pennsylvania town of Franklin Forks. Instead, it was due to naturally occurring methane.
This same incident was used by environmentalists as an example of the dangers of fracking. It was also the subject of numerous media reports, including on essay titled "Fracking's Real-Life Victims" by Rolling Stone magazine.
Mr. Speaker, science and facts -- not rhetoric and scare tactics -- must guide our energy policy.
The fact of the matter is there have been no confirmed reports of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing, even former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has testified to this fact. I yield back.