CDC study latest gambit by anti fracking left
A group of GOP House energy leaders advised Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to exercise caution in a possible study on the health impacts of natural-gas drilling.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering examining a potential link between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drinking water contamination.
The lawmakers sent a letter to Sebelius Friday stating that such a study could stymie job growth if not properly executed. They expressed concern in the letter that naturally occurring substances in groundwater could be improperly labeled as contaminants.
“Despite the significant growth of natural gas development, we are greatly concerned that the scientific objectivity of the Department of Health and Human Services is being subverted and countless jobs could be in jeopardy,” the lawmakers said.
Signatories included House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.); Rep. Ed Whitfield (Ky.), the committee’s Energy and Power subcommittee chairman; Rep. Joe Pitts (Pa.), the committee’s Health subcommittee chairman; Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.), the committee’s Environment and the Economy subcommittee chairman; and past committee chairman Rep. Joe Barton (Texas).
Fracking is the drilling method credited with driving the nation’s shale gas boom. It involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into tight rock formations to tap hard-to-reach gas deposits.
Environmentalists, along with many congressional Democrats, argue fracking pollutes drinking water.
...The EPA has already done a study and found no support for these crack pot theories. The Luddites of the left would like to stop fracking because they worried that their scarcity argument is no longer effective when it comes to oil and gas and they are also worried because inefficient alternative energy they prefer is not competitive with shale gas.