House rejects Polis’ fracking-study proposal

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration - Idealized

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration – Idealized

Raju Chebium – Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jared Polis pushed for a federal study to examine how flooding affects oil and gas tanks, wells, pipelines and drill sites, but the House said no Wednesday.

The Republican-majority chamber voted 221-201 to kill an amendment offered by the Boulder Democrat and Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., seeking a study by the National Academy of Sciences.

Colorado Democrats Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter voted with Polis, while Republicans Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton voted no.

Polis and Huffman were unsuccessful in their bid to attach their proposal to a broader energy bill that cleared the House on a mostly party-line vote of 228-192.

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