2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 2728, the Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which would jeopardize our public lands by prohibiting the federal government from setting baseline protections from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if a state has even minimal, unenforceable guidelines in place. The bill would place fracking oversight under a patchwork of inadequate state regulations and also delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s congressionally mandated study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water, keeping important information on contamination away from families living near oil and gas drilling operations. On November 20, the House approved H.R. 2728 by a vote of 235-187 (House roll call vote 604). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.