Resolution 09.011

Resolution 09.011 Urging Congress Not To Remove Exemption Of Hydraulic Fracturing From Provisions Of The Safe Drinking Water Act
In January 2009, IOGCC member states passed Resolution 09.011 urging Congress not to remove the exemption of hydraulic fracturing from provisions of the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA) because of their firmly held belief that the process is already adequately regulated by the states. Key highlights of Resolution 09.011:
The U.S. EPA concluded in a 2004 study that “additional or further study is not warranted” for hydraulic fracturing and “the injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids into coalbed methane (CBM) wells poses minimal threat to Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW).”
Hydraulic fracturing is a common operation used in exploration and production (E&P) for oil and natural gas.
The states, who regulate production, have comprehensive laws and regulations to ensure operations are safe and to protect drinking water. States have found no verified cases of groundwater contamination associated with hydraulic fracturing.
SDWA was never intended to grant the federal government authority to regulate oil and gas drilling and production operations such as hydraulic fracturing under the Underground Injection Control Program.
Hydraulic fracturing plays a major role in the development of virtually all unconventional oil and natural gas resources and federal regulation of the operation as underground injection under SDWA would impose significant administrative costs on the states and increase the cost of drilling wells with no resulting environmental benefit.
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