The fast tracking gas pipeline approvals in order to benefit the fracking industry were passed by the House. It is unlikely to get to the Senate. However, the article being offered is a nasty, although possibly accurate, attack on the legitimacy of our legislative process benefitting some parties over others. Clearly the individuals whose property will be fracked in the general society have little input in this process because the owners simply do not understand what is about to occur. Maybe fracking will work, but clearly fracking should not occur to the detriment of individual property owners.
In a stunning display of political muscle, the oil and gas industry last week won House passage of three bills that will help boost the profits of companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which allows the extraction of oil and natural gas from rock formations deep in the earth. Also last week, non-partisan Washington watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report showing that from 2004 to 2012 oil and gas industry donations to Congressional campaigns in states and districts where fracking is occurring climbed 231%, from about $2.1 million to $6.9 million.
The three pro-fracking bills were HR 1900, which would fast-track pipeline construction, HR 1965, which would speed up oil and gas drilling permitting on federal lands, and HR 2728, which would weaken federal fracking regulations. Although none of the bills is thought to have a chance of passing the Senate, critics decried the financial influence of the industry.
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Among other things, HR 1900 would require automatic approval of gas pipelines within arbitrary timeframes and limit input and participation from the public on proposed gas pipeline projects, including property owners subject to eminent domain proceedings.
This week’s string of votes comes as a new study from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington shows that oil and gas industry contributions to congressional campaigns grew 231 percent between 2004 and 2012 in districts and states with fracking activity.
The following is a statement from Earthjustice Senior Legislative Representative Jessica Ennis:
“This week, House Majority Leadership showed that they’ll sacrifice just about anything for the oil and gas industry, whether it’s the hunters and fishermen who enjoy using our public lands, parents trying to protect their children from the health impacts of fracking, even the rights of property owners along proposed gas pipeline projects.