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Whenever you hear someone trying to scare people by claiming that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water or causes earthquakes, point them to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Earlier this week, the former petroleum engineer told a House committee that hydraulic fracturing “can be done safely and responsibly.”
Yet the Interior Department continues work on duplicative efforts to regulate the activity. This spurred Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) to ask, “If they’re doing a fantastic job and we haven’t seen bad results, isn’t this the classic case of the hammer looking for the nail?”
Jewell isn’t an outlier. This Energy In Depth infographic shows other top officials have also declared hydraulic fracturing to be safe.