House Democrat Pushes EPA To Up Fracking Oversight

Law360, New York (February 28, 2011, 2:23 PM EST) -- Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Saturday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of hydraulic fracturing on the heels of a report linking controversial fracking procedures to radiation-contaminated wastewater that may threaten local drinking water systems.

Markey, a senior Democrat and top environmental advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson asking for her “immediate assistance and immediate action” in responding to a report from The New York Times that claims extracting natural gas via fracking techniques...
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