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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced a bill to close what he characterized as loopholes for pollution that the oil and natural gas industry uses for hydraulic fracturing.
The changes enacted in 1987 and 2005 create exemptions for fracking from various provisions of the Clean Water Act, a controversial oil and gas extraction process that involves pumping fluid at high pressure into wells.
Cardin’s bill, the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic-fracturing Environmental Regulation (Fresher) Act, would roll back the exemptions.