Testimony submitted to this hearing by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) proposes a series of changes to federal environmental law that taken together can only serve to cripple American oil and natural gas production without attendant environmental benefits....The Committee – and more broadly the Congress – should summarily reject NRDC’s proposals. They follow the tired path of alleging to the Congress the need to change laws and regulations that do not follow NRDC’s world view and where NRDC and its allied professional anti-development organizations have failed to change the regulatory program through the normal processes or by appealing to the court system. This collection of proposals will have one clear effect – less exploration and production of American oil and natural gas and more foreign dependency. This is hardly an energy policy that makes sense of America.
Independent Petroleum Association of America , regarding the repeal of various environmental exemptions afforded to the oil and gas industry, including public right to know, clean air regulation, clean water regulation, regulation of hydraulic fracturing, and applicability of toxics release inventory, as proposed by NRDC. Testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing on Oil and Gas Exemptions in Federal Environmental Protections.