Hoeven: EPA Study Confirms Safety of Hydraulic Fracturing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Hoeven today welcomed a new study released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that confirmed the safety of hydraulic fracturing. According to the EPA, hydraulic fracturing activities “have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.”

“Today’s study confirms what we have believed all along. When done according to state standards, hydraulic fracturing does not adversely impact drinking water. We in North Dakota have been regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively for years with good environmental stewardship and we are now the second largest oil producing state in the nation. This report comes as good news for residents of oil producing lands in our state and across the country.”

Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has been advocating for a “states first” approach to regulating hydraulic fracturing. He is working to pass the Empower States Act, legislation he authored that would ensure that states retain the right to manage oil and gas production. It gives them the ability to develop hydraulic fracturing rules and to respond first to any violation.