Hydraulic Fracturing: Banning Proven Technologies on Possibilities Instead of Probabilities, Hearing Before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 23, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is a compilation of the April 23, 2015 hearing entitled "Hydraulic Fracturing: Banning Proven Technologies on Possibilities Instead of Probabilities," held before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of committee chairman Lamar Smith: "The combination of hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling, called 'fracking,' is arguably one of the most significant technological advancements in the history of the oil and gas industry. This technological breakthrough has helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs, been the catalyst for a resurging manufacturing sector, and has enabled our nation to become more energy independent. But as with any type of technological progress from oil and gas development, any risks must be evaluated carefully with the use of verifiable science. Unfortunately, opponents of hydraulic fracturing make claims based on the possibility and not the probability of associated risks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used this agenda-driven approach to wrongly assert a connection between hydraulic fracturing and ground water contamination." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christi Craddick, Donald Siegel, Simon Lomax, and Elgie Holstein.

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