Thank you for contacting me about hydraulic fracturing. It is good to hear from you.
Hydraulic fracturing is a technique that is used on the majority of oil and natural gas wells. The practice has been in use for more than 60 years. The states have primary experience regulating oil and natural gas development, including hydraulic fracturing. The State of Wyoming updated its oil and natural gas regulations last year. Federal laws and regulations are also applicable, including those related to water resources as well as chemical storage, disposal, reporting and safety. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently conducting a study on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.
On March 15, 2011, Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) introduced S.587, a bill that would repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which I am a member.
Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this measure come before the full Committee for a vote.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your views. I hope you will stay in touch.
John Barrasso, M.D.
United States Senator