American Petroleum Institute (API) chief executive
Jack Gerard welcomed an acknowledgement from the US government
committee on shale gas of the economic and energy security
benefits of natural
gas development, but said the specific recommendations were
disappointing and confusing.
"The committees recommendations are deficient
in large part because the committee failed to adequately
acknowledge existing programs and rules, Gerard said.
It called for new air emission standards when
comprehensive EPA rules already are in place or are being
revised, he continued. It recommended reduction in
use of diesel engines, oblivious or dismissive of the practical
and economic considerations that require their use.
And it ignored consideration of the potential
benefits and costs of new rules, an omission that could cause
harm to consumers, jobs and the economy. The shortcomings may
in part be due to the fact that none of its members are from
the industry or have direct experience in natural
gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations.
"The industry is committed to appropriate
environmental protections and industry best practices, but is
concerned that the subcommittees recommendations could
end up frustrating the many benefits that will come from
further development of Americas vast supply of natural
gas, including the creation of hundreds of thousands of new
jobs and increasing our nations energy security,
We urge the committee to revise its
recommendations to better reflect the facts on hydraulic
fracturing, the extensive regulations under which the industry
operates, and the industrys new best practices."
The subcommittees findings can be read here.