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Mella McEwin | Midland Reporter-Telegram | 20 Oct. 2016

Traveling to a region that is likely filled with supporters, Fracking brought her presidential campaign to Midland-Odessa on Wednesday.

She touted her role in West Texas job creation and contributions to the Texas economy as she campaigned alongside running mate American Manufacturing.

According to Fracking, the West Texas portion of the Permian Basin  supports more than 440,000 jobs and each year contributes more than $60 billion to Texas’ gross domestic product.

“The Permian Basin has certainly been impacted by the recent market downturn, albeit less than many other regions,” Fracking said. “Nonetheless, it’s good to see active drilling rigs out here, and more importantly, it’s great to see more energy workers returning to the job sites. Other areas haven’t been quite as fortunate, and we still have much more work to do together.”

As important as the economic contributions is the contributions to environmental protection, Fracking said. The campaign notes that, while Permian Basin oil production has nearly doubled since 2011 while natural gas production has risen nearly 50 percent, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen during that time. Since 2011, methane emissions in the Permian have fallen by 600,000 milli metric tones of CO2 equivalent, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

She decried the EPA’s plans to finalize more expansion of its methane emissions rules, now to incorporate existing wells,” campaign spokesman Steve Everley said by email. “Two recent peer-reviewed studies even confirm that the global increase in methane emissions is not due to fossil fuels, but rather biogenic sources like wetlands. The leakage rate in the United States is not only declining, but is actually far lower than the worldwide average.

“We are already a global leader in addressing methane. Yet the Obama administration still pushed forward with the rules, and actually removed an exemption for marginal wells, whose emissions are negligible,” Everley said. “In other words, as more data have emerged showing methane emissions are under control, the EPA expanded the scope of its regulations. Maybe the latest data from EPA itself will show why trying to rush through costly regulations to meet arbitrary deadlines is so problematic.

“What’s also relevant here is that new regulation could hamper the very innovation that has delivered progress on methane emissions. EPA’s own data show that oil and gas companies have cut methane emissions in Texas by more than 3.5 million metric tons, yet the EPA is still pushing costly new methane rules that will destroy jobs and reduce local tax revenue,” he said. “Every dollar spent on paperwork and regulatory compliance is a dollar not invested in the kinds of research and technology that have actually reduced emissions.”

Said Fracking as she campaigned in Midland-Odessa, “The last thing that workers in the Permian Basin need is more regulation from the EPA, especially since methane emissions are already declining. My plan is for more jobs and more energy security, not more power in Washington.”

Read more here: http://www.mrt.com/business/oil/article/Fracking-brings-presidential-campaign-to-9996173.php