Oil and gas companies have been allowed to skirt around federal environmental safety regulations for far too long. Eliminating amendments that have weakened the Clean Water Act’s ability to regulate these industries is necessary to keep communities safe and ensure clean water for household use.
There’s not enough evidence to conclusively prove that fracking negatively impacts water quality. Without this, it’s premature for the federal government to change regulations around fracking. Additionally, given fracking’s importance to the U.S. economic competitiveness and national security, it’s important to be careful about placing limitations on this practice.