What: All Issues : Environment : Clean Water/Water Conservation : S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent EPA From Regulating Environmentally-Damaging Practice of Hydraulic Fracturing. (2002 senate Roll Call 43)
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S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent EPA From Regulating Environmentally-Damaging Practice of Hydraulic Fracturing.
senate Roll Call 43     Mar 07, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

This amendment to the bill establishing a variety of energy policies and programs asked the EPA to study hydraulic fracturing's effect on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a method of oil and gas drilling that splits rock formations. Progressives objected that the amendment would prevent the EPA from regulating the practice while it was being studied, and that only the EPA would be authorized to regulate it after the study was completed. With the Bush administration in charge of the EPA, progressives lacked confidence that the right regulatory decisions would be made. Nonetheless, the amendment passed, 78-21.

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