A spokeswoman for the House Natural Resources Committee indicated in a statement that the committee may consider a hydraulic fracturing bill as part of a broad legislative push to promote domestic energy development. “The committee intends to advance multiple bills to reduce red-tape and harness our nation’s offshore and onshore energy resources. This may include action on hydraulic fracturing,” committee spokeswoman Jill Strait said in her statement.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor indicated in an early May memo that the GOP will take up energy bills on the floor this summer, with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline being the only specific piece of legislation identified. Ms. Strait offered no specifics on the hydraulic fracturing legislation, but Republicans have generally supported regulation of the practice at the state and local levels, where regulations can be tailored to specific geological and hydrological conditions.