Reps. Green, Vela and Gallego Support Oil and Gas Industry
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Today, Congressmen Gene Green (D-TX), Filemon Vela (D-TX), and Pete Gallego (D-TX) voted against H.R. 2728, which would require the Department of Interior, a federal agency, to defer to state regulations for all activities related to hydraulic fracturing used to produce oil and gas on federal land. Additionally, the Department of Interior would not be allowed to enforce any federal regulation on federal lands under the Department’s jurisdiction.
Rep. Gene Green stated, “Natural gas development continues to be a vital economic driver in Texas. While I continue to be an advocate for expanded development of our domestic resources, I am also a firm believer in property rights.” “In Texas, we would not want the federal government telling us what to do with state land, so I have a hard time supporting the idea of states telling the federal government what to do with their lands,” said Green. “While we have minimal federal lands in Texas, I know this an issue for many western states and would be happy to work with any of my colleagues to establish a working partnership between the federal government and the states to ensure that we can access, develop, and bring to market our domestic energy supplies.”
"While I support this legislation's goal of preventing unreasonable bureaucratic regulations being placed on hydraulic fracturing, I am troubled by the fact that federal law would be preempted by state law on federal lands," said Rep. Vela.
“There is a right way and a wrong way to streamline the permitting process. However, this bill is the wrong way. It creates too many legal issues that will slow our system down. There is always reasonable middle ground - but this bill is not it,” said Rep. Pete Gallego.