Fracking Debate on the Hill

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 07/25 2014 03:49PM

Updated 07/25 2014 06:43PM

Washington, D.C.- There's no doubt Pennsylvania sits atop one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world. The dispute centers around using fracking to release it from the Marcellus Shale.

"We are so blessed to live in a time where we not only have this natural resource that God has provided us, but we now have the technology and the science to be able to do it in a fashion that's good stewards of the environment and all the date has shown that" said Congressman Glenn Thompson

"We can't live without water and that's what's being destroyed and wasted. Millions upon millions of gallons for every well they frack." noted JudyLeary-Wagoner of Milford

There are claims that the drilling is harmful to the environment and the people who live near it. Some lawmakers say…prove it.

"There is not one piece of documented evidence that shows that fracking is contaminating the water, the ground, the air"  said Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino
"If ferc approves, dominion cove point would be the first liquefied natural gas export terminal on the east coast. Some Pennsylvanians say…that would mean "game over" for the fight against fracking"
"It's going to be lots and lots more fracking. More pipelines, more damage, more compressor station blow downs, more health problems, it's going to be awful"  added Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth

Congressman Marino is optimistic… and calls it a game changer for the economy.

"It's going to give people a good solid income that they never dreamed of making. And when people go to work and make good money like that, they pay taxes…and we can pay the deficit down. I'm so excited about this"

Although there's no specific timeline for approval, dominion anticipates it will start construction on the new facilities, later this year. 

     The "liquified natural gas terminal" was approved by the Maryland board of public works.
     The $3.8 billion dollar project still has to get federal approval.

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