What (And Who) to Watch For In Tomorrow's Fracking Vote
It won't be a surprise when legislation passes the House on Wednesday that would stop the Obama administration from regulating oil and natural-gas fracking operations on federal lands.
What may come as a surprise is how a handful of pro-energy Democrats, especially those from Texas like Reps. Gene Green and Marc Veasey, vote. They're among a small group of Democrats who may vote against the bill despite being ardent supporters of the oil and gas industry. Others to monitor: Democrats in Colorado (for potential support) and Republicans in the Northeast (for expected opposition).
While this measure won't become law, it's important because it's one of the first—if not the first—vote in the GOP-controlled House on fracking, the technology that's unlocked America's vast resources of shale oil and natural gas and ignited fights around the country about energy.
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