Apr 04, 2014 - 5:30pm

Hydraulic Fracturing “Can Be Done Safely and Responsibly,” Says Interior Secretary [INFOGRAPHIC]


Senior Editor, Digital Content

00_ENV_Fracturing_Sec. Jewell_800px.png

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

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?”

Indeed.

Jewell isn’t an outlier. This Energy In Depth infographic shows other top officials have also declared hydraulic fracturing to be safe.

More Articles On: 

About the Author

About the Author

Sean Hackbarth
Senior Editor, Digital Content

Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.