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Hinchey Statement on Report from DOE on Natural Gas

August 15, 2011

"The FRAC Act, of which I'm a coauthor, would reverse the Safe Drinking Water Act exemption and also require natural gas companies to disclose all of the chemicals they are pumping into the ground during the hydraulic fracturing process. I'm pleased that the Natural Gas Subcommittee agrees with the need for chemical disclosure. We must have federal policies in place that mandate this disclosure rather than relying on the industry to voluntarily do so itself.

"I also believe that we should be very careful to not have this Department of Energy panel supersede the important and ongoing EPA study on hydraulic fracturing, which I initiated through legislation in Congress. While it is certainly important to have the Energy Department involved, it is equally important to have the EPA conduct a comprehensive study. I urge a prudent course of action that is based on actual science rather than corporate natural gas industry influence."