Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) voted in favor of the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R.2728), legislation that would protect American jobs and energy production by limiting the Obama Administration’s ability to impose duplicative federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing.
For Immediate Release: November 20, 2013
Contact: Apryl Marie Fogel
Rep. Gosar Votes to Protect Jobs ‘This Legislation Is a Job-Saver’
Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) voted in favor of the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R.2728), legislation that would protect American jobs and energy production by limiting the Obama Administration’s ability to impose duplicative federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The House of Representatives passed H.R.2728 with a bipartisan vote of 235-187.
After the vote, Rep. Gosar said, “This common-sense legislation is a job-saver. It will keep the federal government from wasting time and resources imposing a one-size-fits-all regulatory structure on hydraulic fracturing. It’s unfortunate that we must protect valuable energy jobs against the Obama Administration’s job-crushing regulations.”
Since 2009, total natural gas production on federal lands is down 21 percent. The Obama Administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations would only lead to further decreases in production. Rep. Gosar is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, where he supported H.R.2728 in the committee process.
The Obama Administration’s Department of the Interior will soon finalize new regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands that would add costly and unnecessary layers of red tape. While not directly impacting energy development in Arizona, this bill is important for the state because of the dangerous precedent it could set. Each state knows what regulations work best for them and this bill prevents the federal government from wasting time, money and resources duplicating their efforts. This is particularly true when it pertains to water policy. H.R.2728 upholds longstanding federal deference to state water law on which countless water users rely.
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