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08-02-13 *CWC News* Father of Fracking Will Be Remembered Forever…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 2, 2013

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Washington, D.C. (August 2, 2013) – Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the passing of George Mitchell:

“This week we mourned the loss of George Mitchell, the father of modern hydraulic fracturing. Mr. Mitchell was the first to use hydraulic fracturing to break up layers of shale rock in the early 1990s. During that time, very few of America’s oil and gas wells were fracked. Today, more than 90% of wells are fracked thanks to Mr. Mitchell’s important contributions to the industry. He was a visionary and he will be forever remembered for his hard work and ingenuity. His family and friends are in my prayers.”

The mission of the Western Caucus is to enhance, sustain, and preserve the West’s dynamic and unique culture, and to find innovative solutions that address the distinctive concerns facing western and rural communities. We believe economic growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive goals and can be accomplished by promoting balanced, common-sense reforms. To accomplish this mission, the Western Caucus is committed to advancing the following key principles: protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence. As part of our advocacy of these principles we will focus on an agenda which will increase energy independence and security, protect and promote multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies on federal land ownership. The Western Caucus will build on the proud legacy and tradition of this Caucus by producing real results for our constituents during the 113th Congress.

Learn more about the Congressional Western Caucus – CLICK HERE

 

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