House Dems Call For Federal Fracking Disclosure Rules

Law360, New York (February 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EST) -- House lawmakers on Friday sparred over the potential role of the federal government in regulating hydraulic fracturing, with Democrats pushing hard for nationwide standards requiring natural gas producers to disclose chemicals used during the drilling process.

During an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing featuring several state officials and legislators discussing environmental regulation, Democratic lawmakers advocated for increased federal powers while Republican members insisted that states should be allowed to make fracking decisions for themselves.

Touting the value of transparency, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said that federal...
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