Gas Industry Lobbying to Avoid Fracking Regulations

Via Common Dreams, Common Cause reports [pdf] on lobbying by the gas industry. Notable points:

  • From 2001 through June 2011, companies now engaged in fracking contributed $20.5 million to current members of Congress. Industry giving more than tripled from the 2001-02 election cycle.
  • Contributions heavily favored current members of Congress who voted for the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which exempted fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • The natural gas industry’s fight against regulation has gotten important help at the state level from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). … Prominent financial backers of ALEC’s activities include the American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil, and Koch Industries.


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