Why is hydraulic fracturing for gas in the Marcellus Shale exempt from the Clean Water Act? Is it because it pollutes water?

This is one of the most common misconceptions out there. It is not exempt; in fact, the regulatory framework under which the natural gas industry operates in Pennsylvania is among the most stringent in the nation.  Indeed, clean-burning American natural gas development – which supports more than 240,000 Pennsylvania jobs, according to the Pa. Department of Labor & Industry – is tightly regulated, including by various federal and state regulations. Click here to learn more.

You should also know that Pennsylvania, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, has “the strongest enforcement program of any state with gas drilling. Period.” He’s absolutely right. And top officials from across the nation, including President Obama’s former EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, have confirmed time and again that hydraulic fracturing has never impacted groundwater. Click here to view to learn more about how groundwater resources are protected.