Protests over hydraulic fracking is forcing many countries all over the world to ban it the process. And in countries that allow it, certain BTEX chemicals have been banned.
But while the rest of the world listens to their concerned citizens and consider public safety, Republicans in the U.S. are throwing caution to the wind with little or no media notice. We're distracted by Scott Walker's book or the malfunctioning Healthcare.gov website.
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If ever there was a time for throwing the GOP bums out of congress, now would appear to be that moment, before it’s to late…literally.
Bar Federal Regulation on Fracking: Jaw dropping votes by Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, and Ribble could endanger the safety of drinking water in major regions of the U.S., and run counter to the concerns of other industrialized countries around the world. This is really scary stuff. Roll Call WSJ:
Hydraulic fracturing rules: Members voted, 235-187, to bar federal regulation on federal and tribal lands of the underground energy-extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ A yes vote was to send the bill (HR 2728) to the Senate … Voting yes: Paul Ryan, R-1; James Sensenbrenner, R-5; Tom Petri, R-6; Sean Duffy, R-7; Reid Ribble, R-8.Public Secrecy on Fracking Chemicals: If that wasn't bad enough, our irresponsible big oil Republican lackey’s soundly rejected the Democratic efforts to at least warn the public about which chemicals are being used around their water supplies:
‘Fracking’ chemicals disclosure: Members defeated, 188-232, a motion by Democrats to require public disclosures about hydraulic-fracturing operations on federal and non-federal lands, including the identity of chemicals used in the ‘fracking’ process. A yes vote backed the motion … Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble.
Natural Gas Pipeline Permits Given if process is too long: And while they were at it, Wisconsin representatives decided to put everyone in danger around the proposed new and potentially dangerous natural gas pipelines, by giving permits anyway, if the government takes too much time. We've seen similar legislation in Wisconsin:
Expedited pipeline permits: The House on Thursday passed, 252-165, a bill to set statutory deadlines for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other agencies to act on applications for building natural gas pipelines. A yes vote was to pass HR 1900 over arguments it could cause unsafe construction and environmental harm. Voting yes: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble.
Democratic motion to give local communities a voice: If that weren't bad enough, our congressmen beat back local objections in the pipeline approval process. Who’s the big government party?
Pipeline safety, siting: The House on Thursday defeated, 180-233, a bid by Democrats to delay HR 1900 until federal regulators have certified it would not result in the building of unsafe pipelines or deny communities a voice in the siting of new pipelines within their boundaries. A yes vote was to adopt the Democratic motion. Voting no: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble.