Gibbs to Hold Hearing on Fracking

November 14, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), will hold a hearing on Wednesday to explore potential new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the hydraulic fracturing of shale beds.

“In Ohio alone, the development of the Utica Shale formation holds tremendous economic potential.  It would generate $12.3 billion in gross state product, result in over $23 billion in sales, and create more than 200,000 Ohio-based jobs,” said Chairman Gibbs.  “Furthermore, the state could experience an overall wage and personal-income boost of $12 billion by 2015 from industry spending.*”

Gibbs continued, “However, the US EPA has recently announced that they plan to look into implementing additional regulations of this wastewater under the Clean Water Act.  I will be holding a hearing to receive testimony from federal, state and industry representatives on the regulatory approaches to fracking of shale beds so we can ensure that any future regulations EPA develops are reasonable and not a solution in search of a problem.”

More information on Wednesday’s hearing can be found here.

*According to the economic impact study done by the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program

WHAT:           “Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale Beds: Ensuring Regulatory Approaches that Will Help Protect Jobs and Domestic Energy Production”

WHEN:           10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WHERE:         2167 Rayburn House Office Building

**A live webcast of this hearing will be available at


  • Cynthia Dougherty, Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • James Hanlon, Director, Office of Wastewater Management, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dana L. Murphy, Chair, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • Michael Krancer, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tom Stewart, Executive Vice President, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
  • Martie Groome, Vice Chair, Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Committee, National Association of Clean Water Agencies