House members say natural gas drilling is safe, but Sen. Casey not so sure

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Dems offer alternative to Trump administration's child care proposal MORE (D-Pa.), in a letter also sent Tuesday, urged EPA to investigate water contamination in his state from natural gas drilling.

“I have a concern that there isn’t enough of a federal responsibility here,” Casey said. Casey has introduce a bill that would bring fracking under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Casey noted a methane leak that polluted drinking water supplies in Susquehanna County as evidence that additional federal oversight is needed.

In the House, Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack Dems propose data security bill after Equifax hack MORE (D-Mass.) are investigating the hazards of fracking and if new federal regulations are needed.

The industry says state regs are sufficient.

Ross and Sullivan said EPA oversight would be “burdensome and unnecessary.” They say there is “little to no evidence” the drilling practice poses a threat to water supplies.