Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA) voted to deregulate the horizontal drilling industry, a process commonly known as “fracking,” by voting for the “Halliburton Loophole” placed by industry lobbyists. The law exempted the process from the Clean Water Act, allowing oil and natural gas companies to go about their business with little accountability. In many cases, local communities have faced a variety of chemicals in their drinking water, some of them believed to be carcinogenic, because of the fracking boom in recent years.
On Wednesday, Republic Report caught up with Holden as he entered the Rayburn House Office building.
FANG: I know fracking has been a big issue in Pennsylvania, but you voted for the bill that basically deregulates it–
HOLDEN: Also had a lot of good stuff things in there for coal and weatherization–
FANG: — but the Clean Water Act. You voted to exempt fracking. Is that because of the contributions you received?
Oil and gas interests have provided Holden with some $400,000 in contributions over the course of his career.
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