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Congressional Progressive Caucus Discusses Fracking March 26, 2014
Mark Pocan, D-WI
"Also, during this process, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out of the system and contaminate our nearby groundwater. Methane concentrations are 17 times higher in drinking water wells near fracturing sites than normal wells."
Water Rights Protection Act March 13, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"For purposes of this Act, the term “water right” means any surface, groundwater, or storage use filed, permitted, certificated, confirmed, decreed, adjudicated, or otherwise recognized by a judicial proceeding or by the State in which the user acquires possession of the water or puts it to beneficial use."
Women’S History Month March 12, 2014
Alan Grayson, D-FL
"Pegeen served as an Engineer and Hazardous Materials Program Manager for the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department for over five years, a Senior Vice President of Terra-Com Environmental Consulting for five years, and an Executive Director of Alachua Conservation Trust for three years. She has been the Engineer of Record on numerous remediation projects to remove hazardous contaminants from soil and groundwater. She has also completed work in the fields of landfill design, stormwater management, hazardous waste management, climate change, sustainability, and energy conservation. She has completed projects for over forty different cities, counties, water management districts, state agencies, non-profits, and private clients."
Climate Change March 11, 2014
James Inhofe, R-OK
"I remember when the last Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, made the statement when I asked her the question live on TV—I said: Is it causing groundwater contamination? She is the one who said there has never been a documented case of groundwater contamination by using hydraulic fracturing."
Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act February 5, 2014
Tom McClintock, R-CA
"Mr. Chairman, my objection to this amendment is similar to others of its ilk. It would allow litigation to block implementation of this bill indefinitely. There is, of course, nothing in this bill that would interfere with the State’s water bond or its groundwater monitoring or groundwater conservation. Indeed, it will improve groundwater conservation since it brings balance back to surface water deliveries and restores the incentives for groundwater recharging."

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