Maloney Opposes Legislation That Would Eliminate Fracking Oversight
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) opposed H.R. 2728 which would prohibit any federal oversight of oil and gas drilling using fracturing (“fracking”) on federal lands. H.R. 2728 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-187.
“As we develop new sources of energy like natural gas, we have an obligation to ensure that it is done carefully and without risking public health,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
Although not adopted, Rep. Maloney offered an amendment to the bill which would have prohibited hydraulic fracturing in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Rep. Maloney is also a cosponsor of the FRAC Act, H.R. 1921 which would require the energy industry to disclose the chemicals it mixes with the water and sand it pumps underground in the fracking process. Currently, the oil and gas industry is the only industry granted an exemption from complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
“Millions of folks rely on clean, safe water from the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “That’s why I am absolutely opposed to fracking in the Hudson Valley.”
H.R. 2728 is strongly opposed by organizations including: League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Environment America, Clean Water Action, Greenpeace and The Sierra Club.