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In June 2015, the EPA released a four-year-long study that concluded hydraulic
fracturing had "no widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources." That
has been corroborated by a variety of institutions ranging from the U.S. Geological
Survey to academia. At the same time, by one count, state officials enacted more than
80 regulations on well cementing and casing between 2009 and 2013 to protect
groundwater. Do you believe public concern about fracturing is overblown? What
should be the federal government's role in regulating hydraulic fracturing?
Trump: I support hydraulic fracturing as a safe and
proven technique for energy production in the United
States. I also was pleased that the citizens of Colorado
rejected proposed anti-fracturing ballot measures.
The amazing success of shale gas production in
the United States depends on safe hydraulic fracturing.
Sadly, Hillary Clinton has said, "(B)y the time we
get through all of my conditions, I do not think there
will be many places in America where (fracturing)
will continue to take place."
Clinton's anti-fracturing policies would be economically devastating. My administration will pursue
an America First energy plan that unleashes the
vast energy resources of this nation for the benefit
of the American people, bringing more jobs and a
stronger economy.

Clinton: Natural gas has an important role to play
in the transition to a clean energy economy, provided
the right safeguards are in place. To capture the
climate benefits of shifting from coal and oil to natural
gas, fugitive methane emissions must be addressed.
I will work to achieve the (Obama) administration's
goal of reducing methane emissions by 40-45 percent
through standards for both new and existing sources.
I will ensure new natural gas pipelines are built to
the highest standards, and repair or replace thousands
of miles of leaky pipes by the end of my first term. I
will work with Congress to eliminate the Halliburton
loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act.
I will follow the lead of states such as Texas,
Pennsylvania, and Wyoming in requiring that all
companies disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic
fracturing, have in place robust well casing requirements, and improve wastewater recycling and disposal
practices. And I will ensure that systems and permitting
procedures are in place to avoid potential induced
seismic activity, directing the USGS to improve
states' knowledge of local geology in order to more
effectively reduce risks.

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