Tennessee Conservation Voters Applaud State House on Fracking Resolution
HR 98 - An important first step to adopting protective regulations
Nashville, TN -Tennessee Conservation Voters (TCV) applaud the Tennessee State House of Representatives for unanimously passing House Resolution 98 by Representative Jeanne Richardson yesterday. This resolution calls for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to meet with the Tennessee Oil and Natural Gas Association as well as members of the public to propose regulations to provide necessary oversight for the use of hydrological fracturing in Tennessee.
Hydrological fracturing, or hydrofracking, uses high-pressure injections of fluids into underground shale formations to unleash natural gas pockets. This practice is in widespread use across the country, and in Tennessee, the Chattanooga Shale which underlies much of the state has already been identified as a source of natural gas which can be extracted in this manner. Hydrofracking can discharge millions of gallons of chemicals and toxins into the ground and groundwater.
Common-sense regulations will allow for the protection of our groundwater and drinking water supplies as well as for the protection and management of our natural gas deposits.
"We want to thank Representative Richardson for setting us in the right direction towards sensible regulations for hydrofracking," said TCV Executive Director Kim Sasser Hayden. "We also thank the Tennessee Oil and Natural Gas Association for their willingness to sit down with TDEC as well as members of the environmental community in our state to work to safeguard Tennessee's natural resources and protect public health. While this is only the first step in a long process, we look forward to working with the industry, public interest groups, and the legislature on this important environmental concern."
Representatives Brenda Gilmore, Gary Moore, G.A. Hardaway, and Antonio Parkinson also served as co-prime sponsors of House Resolution 98. A copy of this resolution may be found at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HR0098.pdf.
TCV is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Tennessee' environment and preservation of its natural resources through effective legislation and administrative advocacy. TCV focuses its resources on making environmental protection a top priority for Tennessee's elected officials, political candidates, and voters. TCV can be found online at www.tnconservationvoters.org.
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