Saturday, August 22, 2015
Rep. Gosar, House Colleagues Press for Answers, Demand Accountability from EPA for Cement Creek Spill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after he and 29 of his House colleagues demanded answers from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to questions relating to the unresolved August 5, 2015 contamination of Cement Creek:
“The staggering incompetence and complete lack of accountability from the EPA following the breach at the Gold King mine is incomprehensible. It is disgraceful that local elected officials and residents who were put at risk had to find out about this disaster through news reports. This event has highlighted the glaring hypocrisy within the Obama Administration. Rather than condemning these actions, like the White House did during spills by the private sector, the president and his mouthpieces have remained silent, tried to cover up this incident and directed all questions on this matter to the EPA. The double standard is sickening as this administration believes it can create its own set of rules when it is the one responsible for polluting our rivers.
“The real victims are the American people that develop health issues as a result of this spill, the people of the Navajo Nation who have had their primary water source contaminated, the local outfitters and businesses who have had to temporary close their operations as well as forgo significant revenues, and the local farmers and ranchers who have been unable to irrigate their crops or feed their livestock. We won’t know the full damage that has been done to Western communities from this incident for several years. Having said that, I support the Navajo Nation’s planned legal action and the legal action of any other citizens who were victims of this gross negligence by the EPA. This gutless and incompetent agency must be held accountable for releasing 3 million gallons of toxic waste into our rivers.”
Rep. Gosar Finds Obama Methane Regulation to Be More Hot Air
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new regulations today to limit emissions of methane from the oil and natural gas sector by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels:
“The EPA, at the behest of President Obama, continues to impose costly new regulations that defy commonsense and threaten thousands of good-paying jobs across the country. Despite former high-profile members of President Obama’s cabinet clearly stating that hydraulic fracturing is a safe technology for extracting oil and natural gas, the EPA continues to blindly follow the ideological marching orders put forth by the president. Shockingly, even the EPA’s own data shows this new regulation is unnecessary as methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing have decreased significantly in recent years despite continued increases in production.
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