States acknowledge weaknesses in their oil and gas programs

Last week I posted that Wyoming is working on new rules "to insure the protection" of drinking water. Last month I noted that Pennsylvania was working on new rules that Governor Rendell called "critical."

Today I read in an article that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection stated that it does not have as good a capability to test drinking water for contamination as the U.S. EPA.

I am pleased to hear that some states are acknowledging their regulations and enforcement capabilities have not kept up with the expansion of the industry nor its technologies. It's time for regulation and enforcement of oil and gas production to be beefed up across the country, including federal regulation and oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

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Amy Mall

Senior Advocate, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program

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