Common Sense? We Disagree.

“It is outrageous that the Republican majority opposed our common-sense effort to ensure members of federal advisory boards are unbiased and without conflicts of interest,” claims Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

House Republicans are standing strong in proposing considerable industry representation on a federal advisory panel reviewing hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing entails pumping a mixture of water, sand, and small amount of chemicals underground to break apart the rock to release the natural gas.

The main concern of House Republicans focuses on representing the industry adequately.  Panel members that work in the industry have knowledge and experience with all that encompasses hydraulic fracturing. This ensures that appropriate decisions will be made concerning the future of extracting natural gas.

“In order to strengthen these partnerships and industry support for any subsequent recommendations, no less than one-third of panel members should be industry representatives who actively work in the natural-gas industry,” says the report of House Appropriations Committee views.

However, a Democratic amendment attempted to halt the report language, claiming that a panel containing increased industry representation will only result in biased decisions.

An increased amount of industry members with a plethora of knowledge and experience will result in paramount decisions and sound environmental preservation.

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