Sponsor of `fracking' bill calls for federal study

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Sponsor of `fracking' bill calls for federal study
Denver (AP) - A proposal for a new study of hydraulic fracturing and its potential effects on drinking water supplies is advancing in Congress.

Democratic Reps. Diana Degette of Colorado and Maurice Hinchey of New York are sponsoring a bill that would place the widely used oil and gas drilling technique under federal oversight. The House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure by Hinchey calling on the environmental protection agency to study potential risks from hydraulic fracturing, also called ``fracking.''

Industry groups say a 2004 study by the EPA shows fracking doesn't endanger groundwater. Hinchey counters the study is widely considered to be flawed.

The process injects liquids, sand and chemicals underground to force open channels in tight sand and rock formations so that oil and gas will flow.

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