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Toomey seeks a ban on fracking bans

November 8, 2019

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Friday that he is seeking passage of a measure that’s squarely aimed at several Democratic presidential candidates and designed to prevent a president from banning hydraulic fracturing.

At a news conference in Harrisburg, Toomey said his newly introduced resolution makes it clear that Congress believes that a president doesn’t have the authority to ban hydraulic fracturing, called fracking for short.

The resolution, should it pass, would be a bulwark in a legal fight against a president who tries to use the levers of executive branch power to ban the natural gas extraction process.

“What I’m trying to do is put a spotlight and encourage senators and House members to underscore that the president does not have the legal authority to do this and that would then contribute to forming the basis for a very, very aggressive pushback if a future president were to attempt to exercise powers that he or she doesn’t legally have,” Toomey said.

Toomey’s resolution is in response to an all-out prohibition that’s backed by two leading Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

 

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Farmer Vincent
57 minutes ago, grieker said:

First Vince, it will NOT kill any legal challenges to fracking.

Second, Toomey needs to spend my time and money more frugally.

"Sanders’ campaign didn’t respond to the question of how he would go about banning fracking, but took a shot at Toomey, saying Toomey “wants us to believe his wealthy donors from the fossil fuel industry instead of Pennsylvanians currently being poisoned by fracking.”

“In a Sanders administration, we will transition to 100% clean energy, support rural America and take care of workers who are transitioning to new job opportunities, instead of allowing them to be exploited by the greed and corruption of the fossil fuel industry,” Sanders’ campaign said in a statement."

A federal ban on fracking bans would keep banners from banning.  It certainly wouldn't be helpful if an entity deemed it an imperative to stop fracking in federally owned wilderness, for example.  

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