February 07, 2017
WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today reintroduced S. 335, the Federal Land Freedom Act, and S. 334, the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act.
“The United States is capable of reaching domestic energy independence; in fact, since 2008 we’ve increased our domestic oil production by 80 percent. This increase, however, has all occurred on private and state land. It’s imperative we work to end the war on fossil fuel in order to achieve energy independence,” Inhofe said. “One of the best ways to do this is to simply hand power over to the states, which is why I’ve reintroduced he Federal Land Freedom Act. This bill gives our states the ability to aggressively and responsibly develop the federal energy estate. Energy independence is not the only positive result we’d see from this legislation; the Institute for Energy Research issued a report stating that opening federal land resources would generate $14.4 trillion in economic activity, create 2.5 million jobs and reduce the federal deficit by $2.7 trillion. I have reason to believe the benefits could be even greater and look forward to moving this legislation through the Senate.”
Inhofe continued, “In the same vein, I’ve also introduced the FRESH Act, which gives states complete authority to regulate fracking on any land within their borders. States have regulated the hydraulic fracturing process with great expertise since the first job was done in Duncan, Oklahoma in 1948. In fact, since then over 1 million wells have been fracked, but there has never been a confirmed case of groundwater contamination caused by the process. States are doing a great job, and we should keep them in the driver’s seat, which is why the FRESH Act should be enacted.”
S. 335, the Federal Land Freedom Act —co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
S. 334, the Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act—co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)