It should be noted that former Vice President Darth Dick Cheney did play a pivotal role in shaping administration energy policy and even led the charge to exempt natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws (see post below). Did you know that Haliburton played a major role in developing the hydraulic fracturing techinque? Interesting isn't it?
As the law currently stands, the EPA is not allowed to set conditions for hydraulic fracturing or even require states to have regulations of their own.
States often look to the federal agencies for guidance on how to craft environmental rules. And hydraulic fracturing is an especially complicated process that scientists say warrants more study. The current regime leaves state agencies -- which are often understaffed and underfunded -- to do their own research and develop their own best practices, according to EPA scientists.
Read more at Pro Publica.