House approves Republican fracking, drilling bills

By Kelsey Brugger | 03/21/2024 06:19 AM EDT

The measures are part of the chamber’s “energy week.”

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.).

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, during floor debate Wednesday. House Television

The House on Wednesday passed two bills promoting oil and gas drilling: one that would support fracking and another that would lower costs to drill on public lands.

The bills are a part of the GOP’s “energy week.” While Republicans said the effort was meant to highlight “the value of American energy,” most Democrats dismissed the proceedings as unserious.

The House passed H.R. 1121, the “Protecting American Energy Production Act,” from senior Energy and Commerce Republican Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.


The bill would prohibit an administration from banning fracking and give more power to states. Fifteen Democrats, mostly from major energy producing states, supported the bill.