in USA Today
WASHINGTON – The oil and gas industry is moving to address environmental concerns linked to hydraulic fracturing that have led New York state and other jurisdictions to ban the drilling method, experts told a House committee Thursday.
"While drilling bans may not be the solution in the long run, they surely do reflect a need for governments at the federal, state and local level to take aggressive action to protect the environment and the economy," Elgie Holstein, senior director for strategic planning at the Environmental Defense Fund, told members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Denton, Texas has joined New York state in banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Christi Craddick, the state's chief regulator of the oil and gas industry, told lawmakers the ban is based on "misinformation."
"We have very vibrant rules in place," said Craddick, head of the Railroad Commission of Texas, of the state's efforts to make fracking safe. She said the industry claims a $15.7 billion piece of the state's economy and provides 2.2 million direct and indirect jobs.
Last week, the Texas state House approved...