AB 159: Costly, Redundant and More Unnecessary Government Regulation

Petroleum Powers Nevada Schools

Oil and gas exploration leases contribute $1.7 Million to the Nevada Distributive School account, contributing to:

  • Basic support for School Districts and Charter Schools;
  • Special Education; and
  • Class-size Reduction Efforts

Passage of AB 159 threatens that fund in future increases for school funding by eliminating production opportunities in Nevada without any research, public review or input.

Nevada Already Has Stringent Water Safety Standards

Any future production would be regulated by comprehensive and stringent regulations already in place and working in Nevada. These policies would ensure the safety and environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing in Nevada.

A landmark 2004 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded there was “little to no risk of fracturing fluid contaminating underground sources of drinking water during hydraulic fracturing.”

“The Water Boards generally consider hydraulic fracturing a low threat to groundwater.” —Thomas Howard, Executive Director, State Water Resource Control Board

Oil Production Uses Proven Technologies & Best Practices

Hydraulic fracturing to produce oil has been safely used to enhance the production of domestic energy resources for more than 60 years.

Hydraulic fracturing “has been around for decades, and there’s a tremendous amount of misinformation out there about it, a lot of fear that I think is unfounded.” —Lisa Jackson, former Secretary, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“There’s nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering practices can’t accomplish.” —Gina McCarthy, former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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