Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) questioned Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on the floor of the House this week, on issues including possible national hydraulic fracturing regulations and on clean energy sources.
Lummis stated that Wyoming's rules on fracking are stringent enough, and energy producers would prefer them as opposed to national regulations. Salazar countered by saying producers work in several different states and would benefit from one set of rules.
The congresswoman made a point regarding President Barack Obama's remarks on developing clean energy on public land for 3 million homes (a statement made during his state of the union address). Lummis says natural gas is the best alternative.
Lummis also appealed to the secretary for lower Soda Ash rates. She said that the 6 percent rates, up 2 percent from six years ago, make it difficult for Wyoming industry to compete with China's soda ash. Lummis stated that the industry is important because soda ash producers in the state account for 3,000 jobs in southwest Wyoming and more than 90 percent of the US exports.