Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston was quoted as saying to day in the mark-up meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The debate was sparked as a result of Rep Diana DeGette's, D-Co trying to add her amendment to H.R. 5320. Her amendment would require Hydraulic Fracturing Service Providers disclose to the state, or the Administrator the chemical constituents (but not the proprietary chemical formulas) used in each fracturing process.
Chairman Henry Waxman D-Ca was quoted as saying “I would ask that you withdraw the amendment at this time….Now is not the right time for this change.” Not only did DeGette probably not have the votes, but it would have wrecked a compromise between Chairman Waxman, and committee Republicans on the legislation (H.R. 5320) commonly referred to as the AQUA Act of 2010.
In the DMN reporter Dave Michaels’ article from today said that even when Mr. Waxman ask her to withdraw the amendment, it started a heated debate . The Texas delegation, in particular was candid about their dislike of her proposed amendment.
The Texas Republicans saying that it (her amendment) would open the door to unnecessary federal control of natural gas development. This comes at a time when oil and gas exploration and production are providing high paying jobs and generating tax revenues that the state of Texas is absolutely dependant on right now.
Rep Joe Barton, R- Arlington went on to say “My concern is if it were to be passed, it would give the EPA for the first time a regulatory foothold. And I do not think that is good public policy for the United States.”
Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston said “We have now 100 years of natural gas available in our country – clean burning natural gas that will help us with carbon control. If we eliminate hydraulic fracing, we will lose those 100 years (of gas). We have a national security issue here.”
In my opinion, Flower Mound with it’s newly elected cast of characters, seems hell bent on going against the majority of the state of elected officials in Texas, members of congress, both republican and democrats. And above all, they seem perfectly fine sending young men and women in uniform to fight and die for the right to import foreign oil products. We are blessed here in North Texas with the Barnett Shale, it’s not out in the country, it is where it is, and a good reserve of it happens to lie under Flower Mound.
We should all do our part like Arlington, Burleson, Fort Worth, and so on and allow the mineral owners to recover their interest with as little burden as possible. That’s one mans opinion.