EPA target of 2 ND Legislature resolutionsBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two resolutions in the North Dakota Legislature are critical of the Environmental Protection Agency.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two resolutions in the North Dakota Legislature are critical of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA is looking to take away some of the state Health Department's authority over regulation of air pollution. A House resolution says the job should be left in the state's hands.
A second resolution says EPA may regulate hydraulic fracturing in oil production. The resolution says federal regulation isn't needed in North Dakota.
In the "fracking" process water, chemicals and grit are pumped underground at high pressure to break up oil shale rock.
North Dakota lawmakers say if EPA decides to regulate fracking, it will reverse the growth of the state's oil industry.
The North Dakota House approved both resolutions Tuesday night. They now go to the state Senate for its review.