Lawmakers in the House will focus in coming weeks on a measure to combat new regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
In a memo to Republican lawmakers sent on Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that the chamber will take up a bill that would force the Interior Department to cede regulation of the controversial energy development method to states that have already developed their own rules.
The Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, introduced by Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), would block the federal government’s attempt to impose new rules on the process. The bill passed through the Natural Resources Committee along mostly partly lines in July.
“Throughout the fall, House Republicans will continue to bring environmentally friendly energy legislation like this to the floor to bring down the cost of energy, create jobs for the middle class, and make the United States more energy independent,” Cantor said in the memo.