What happens to Pennsylvania fracking when the EPA steps in? Needless to say, it gets complicated, and the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Michael Krancer doesn’t always agree with the EPA stepping on his toes.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), in the past has been managed by state agencies because of each states ability to design regulations in respect to the environment. Not to mention, that the state knows more about the people in that state, the states economy and that states history.
“Hydraulic fracturing has never been regulated by the federal government,” he wrote in his prepared statement to the committee. “It has always been a matter of state regulation.”
Pennsylvania has been on the EPA’s radar since the suspicion that fracking contaminated the water in Dimcock, Pa.
“We realize and recognized that EPA is very new to all of this and the EPA’s understanding of the facts and science behind this activity is rudimentary,” he wrote. “Fortunately, Pennsylvania is not new to all of this and we have a long history of experience at overseeing and regulating oil and natural gas extraction activities in our state, including hydraulic fracturing.”
EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, believes the relationship with Pennsylvania is a partnership.
“I used to run a state organization and frankly would prefer not to have the federal government looking into situations,” Jackson said. “We know we don’t know everything. We’re calling on them to help us understand it and work to collaborate…We certainly see them as a partner.”