From the office of U.S. Rep Andy Harris:
Rep. Andy Harris held a subcommittee hearing to review the EPA’s approach to ground water research in Pavillion, Wyoming. Witnesses highlighted a number of concerns with EPA’s December 8, 2011 draft findings, including the failure of the Agency to adequately consult with state and federal experts, the release of conclusions prior to adequate peer review, lack of adherence to information quality guidelines, a lack of data transparency, and sampling and monitoring well issues that call into question many of the results.
“This hearing exposes how the EPA is willing to use junk science to promote unnecessary fear about the safety of hydrofracking in an attempt to carry out the President’s climate change agenda,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “The testimony was clear that this study is not applicable to Marcellus Shale, so hopefully Governor O’Malley won’t use this flawed study as an excuse to advance his own climate change agenda.”
As with all Committee hearings, the hearing was webcast live in its entirety at www.science.house.gov, and an archived version of the webcast will be publicly available on the website.
Committee Statement Regarding Media Coverage of Hearing on EPA Ground Water Research
In response to media reports associated with the removal of an unaccredited filmmaker at today’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing on EPA Ground Water research, the Committee wishes to clarify and reiterate the following facts:
Section 9(j) of the Committee’s rules expressly state that “Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media shall be currently accredited to the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Galleries.” The individual removed was not accredited by the House Radio and TV Gallery and had refused to turn off his camera upon request by capitol police.
It has been misreported that the Committee turned away an accredited ABC News crew prior to the hearing. While a film crew arrived at the hearing claiming to be with ABC News, the ABC News Washington bureau confirmed to the Committee it was unaware of sending any crew to tape the hearing.
As with all Committee hearings, the hearing was webcast live in its entirety at www.science.house.gov, and an archived version of the webcast will publicly available on the website.