If unconventional shale gas drilling wasn’t proved safe, how did it become exempt from environmental laws in 2005?

We’ve been asked on occasion whether the natural gas industry — specifically hydraulic fracturing — earned an exemption from a series of federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, as part of the bipartisan 2005 energy bill. The short and factual answer is no. Hydraulic fracturing has never been regulated under this law. Fracturing, […]