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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan Voices Support for FRAC Act

From Business Journal Daily:
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan called Monday for increased transparency in hydraulic fracturing. 
Ryan, D-13 Ohio, last week signed on a co-sponsor of the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals, or FRAC, Act. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep Diana DeGette, D-1 Colorado, has 61 cosponsors, all Democrats.

The bill would establish “common sense safeguards” to protect groundwater from risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique used in oil and gas extraction. If approved, it would require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids and would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

“There’s no denying that there are immense climate-related benefits and economic benefits associated with the transition to natural gas, particularly here in Ohio. Even still, we must be vigilant ensuring that such benefits do not come at the expense of the health and wellness of our communities,” Ryan said in a release. “We as lawmakers must make sure natural gas recovery is done in a way that puts community health front and center.” 
The act would call for disclosure to the state or to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in cases where EPA has primary enforcement responsibility in the state. The disclosures would then be made available to the public online.
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