Key Excerpts From Yesterday’s U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Hearing
Dialogue starts at 101:50.
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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK): “Governor Hoeven, the thing I was going to bring up is there’s a lot of discussion, when you talk about your offset capabilities there, and what you’re doing, that’s great. We’re doing somewhat the same thing, although most of ours is marginal production. But there is a, I’d suggest to you, the use of hydraulic fracturing is necessary in your state to be able to explore, to retrieve all these oil capabilities.”
Gov. John Hoeven (R-ND): “It’s absolutely vital. You know, you mention some of these new formations. They are not, uh, the oil isn’t connected. You’ve got to go underground. And you’re talking two miles underground. And make a fracture in order to get the oil to flow. That’s vitally important.”
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK): “I wanted to get that into the record, because there are some efforts to do away with hydraulic fracturing, and it would be devastating.”
Boren doesn’t like costly House bills on energy, health
July 21, 2009
In response to a question, Boren said he is working with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., to tone down her bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing of oil- and gas-bearing formations.
The legislation was introduced to protect water supplies from the contamination, but Boren said the procedure is already safe.
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren unhappy with health care, energy proposals
July 21, 2009
On energy, Boren said, “The cap and trade bill is really the worst piece of legislation I’ve seen since I’ve been there. It raises energy prices on businesses, raises electric bills on families, and it even raises gasoline prices in the middle of a recession. And, it makes America less competitive in the global economy.”
“If you shut down fracking, you shut down the industry,” Boren said.
Concerns Over Legislation in Oil-Producing States
July 17, 2009
Fracking could become more prevalent in North Dakota due to the oil industry’s increased interest and aspirations for the Bakken and Three Forks-Sanish oil formations.
“That bill would be a disaster for us,” Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. said. “Hydraulic fracturing is a very important part of being able to explore and drill for oil in the Bakken formation.”
“The bill is potentially very threatening to the oil exploration and recovery activity underway in North Dakota,” [Rep. Earl] Pomeroy [D-N.D.] said. “It’s one of these pieces of legislation that is a solution in search of a problem.”