Attempts by the Obama administration to put pollution and other regulations on hydraulic fracturing are "undermining freedom" and hurting the economy, according to the president of America's largest business lobbying group.
While the Bay State may not be rich in fossil fuels, some in the state do not want to risk the the drinking water, the climate, or tectonic stability to tap what little shale gas might be hiding under the Berkshires.
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A major new study finds natural gas production leaks at least twice as much methane as EPA has estimated. Other recent studies find methane warms the Earth more than we thought, and that gas will displace some renewables. Natural gas is not a "bridge" to the future, but more of a gangplank.
Conservative groups are urging lawmakers to either support Rep. Bill Flores' bill to take away fracking oversight from the federal government, or face low scores on their so-called "legislative scorecards."
The states of California and Illinois both released proposed rules for fracking on Friday, which received general criticism from environmental groups and measured acceptance from the oil and gas industry.