Watching Government: State regulation under fire

Can states effectively protect public and private drinking water supplies from contamination as more US oil and gas is produced from previously inaccessible tight shale formations? That's the core question as environmental organizations and other groups and individuals continue to call for a greater federal role. Robert W. Howarth, director of Cornell University's Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Program, replied "No" to that question as he testified May 31 during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee's hearing on the issue. "I believe federal agencies should have a central role in regulating oil and gas development, and particularly with the ...

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