Shale Energy Law Blog
Ohio and West Virginia Defend Fracking in Letter to U.S. EPA
June 12, 2013
On Friday, June 7th, twelve energy-producing states, including Ohio and West Virginia, signed a letter to the EPA defending the industry practice of hydraulic fracturing. The letter was in response to recent threats to sue the EPA for not assuming regulatory responsibility of the energy industry made by several northeastern states. The letter warned the EPA not to utilize “sue and settle” tactics in an attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing and emphasized that the Clean Air Act places the regulatory responsibility for the oil and gas industry on the states rather than the federal government.