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GAO Calls Out EPA: Step Up on Frackquakes!

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By Aaron Mintzes

August 4, 2014

Last week the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their critique of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of oil and gas waste injection wells. The GAO found that EPA does not perform sufficient oversight and they inconsistently evaluate how states regulate this activity. Even when EPA wants to conduct oversight, GAO noted that EPA sometimes couldn’t because they never incorporated many state rules in to their federal regulations.

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Tagged with: enforcement, earthquakes, gao, injection wells, uic calls ii, frackquakes


Muddying the Waters: House Committee Guts Clean Water Act Protections

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By Aaron Mintzes

July 17, 2014

Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a mark up on the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (HR 5078) and the Regulatory Certainty Act (HR4854). Key to understanding the intent of these bills is knowing the language of Washington DC pretext. “Overreach” is the favored buzzword used by some to describe anything the Administration wants to do to protect public health and the environment. “Certainty” means allowing the polluters to do anything they want while absolving them from regulation.

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Tagged with: bristol bay, clean water act, 404c, transportation and infrastructure, wotus


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