What happens to Pennsylvania fracking when the EPA steps in? Needless to say, it gets complicated, and the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Michael Krancer doesn’t always agree with the EPA stepping on his toes.

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), in the past has been managed by state agencies because of each states ability to design regulations in respect to the environment. Not to mention, that the state knows more about the people in that state, the states economy and that states history.

“Hydraulic frac­tur­ing has never been reg­u­lated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment,” he wrote in his pre­pared state­ment to the com­mit­tee. “It has always been a mat­ter of state regulation.”

Pennsylvania has been on the EPA’s radar since the suspicion that fracking contaminated the water in Dimcock, Pa.

“We realize and recognized that EPA is very new to all of this and the EPA’s understanding of the facts and science behind this activity is rudi­men­tary,” he wrote. “For­tu­nately, Pennsylvania is not new to all of this and we have a long his­tory of expe­ri­ence at over­see­ing and regulating oil and natural gas extrac­tion activities in our state, includ­ing hydraulic fracturing.”

EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, believes the relationship with Pennsylvania is a partnership.

“I used to run a state orga­ni­za­tion and frankly would pre­fer not to have the fed­eral gov­ern­ment look­ing into sit­u­a­tions,” Jackson said. “We know we don’t know every­thing. We’re call­ing on them to help us under­stand it and work to col­lab­o­rate…We cer­tainly see them as a partner.”

 

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