|Henry "Drill, Baby, Drill" Cuellar|
From the LMT's businesss Journal- By Andrew Kreighbaum
Two bills in the U.S. House and theU.S. Senate would amend the Safe DrinkingWater Act to repeal an exemption for natural gas drilling. The bills would also require industry to disclose chemicals used in fracking each well. Chesapeake has provided information to fracfocus.org, a website which includes a list of chemicals most often used in the process,among them hydrochloric acid, sodium chloride and methanol.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said, however, that the House legislation would overregulate the hydraulic fracturing process. He said the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clinton and the Bush administrations found hydraulic fracturing to be a safe process. “(The way to) energy independence is to look at our natural gas production,” Cuellar said.
Natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale in North Texas has inspired some backlash over concerns about chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process and possible effects on groundwater supplies. The city council of Bartonville, north of Dallas, earlier this month approved a 90-day moratorium on new permits
for natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.