The U.S. House voted this week to block the Department of the Interior from enforcing regulations on hydraulic fracturing in states that have their own standards for the controversial drilling technique.
The bill passed 235-187, with 12 Democrats voting for the legislation, which was introduced by Bill Flores (R-TX,17). Environmentalists say they are disappointed in the bill's passage in the House.
“The imminent arrival of fracking is already threatening our environment and health in Illinois," says Lisa Nikodem, Environment Illinois campaign director. "At the very least, treasures like the Shawnee National Forest should be protected for all Americans to enjoy. However, this reckless bill puts our special places and the communities that rely on them for drinking water and recreation at risk from fracking."
“We are dismayed that Illinois’s U.S. Representatives Hultgren, Kinzinger, Roskam, Schock, and Shimkus voted in favor of this reckless bill," she continued. "The Obama administration has thankfully indicated opposition to the bill, and we urge our U.S. Senators Durbin and Kirk to reject this and any other giveaways to the oil and gas industry. Congress should instead act to stop fracking and protect our public lands, water, and health.”