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Cole Responds to U.S District Court Rule on Hydraulic Fracking

June 22, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after a federal judge ruled against the Department of the Interior’s standards for hydraulic fracking. The standards, released last year, would impose strict regulations against fracking on federal lands, where a large percentage of U.S. oil and natural gas derives from.

“I am pleased to see that the Administration’s regulatory overreach has been recognized and overruled by the federal courts,” said Cole. “Much of our nation’s oil and natural gas production originates from hydraulic fracking, and Oklahoma has benefitted greatly from the fracking industry. Without Congressional approval, the Administration cannot impose these unauthorized regulations, and take away states’ rights for energy production. Again and again, the Administration has attempted to put environmental concerns over American prosperity. I’m glad to see energy production put back into the hands of hard-working Americans.”