The special prosecutor appointed by Michigan's attorney general to investigate the crisis says criminal charges could be brought against public officials found responsible for any deaths linked to Flint's contaminated water.
The US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing examining the Flint water crisis and Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued two new subpoenas for state and federal officials to testify at future meetings.
A committee in the US House of Representatives is set to delve into what caused Flint, Michigan's mostly African-American population to be exposed to lead-tainted drinking water — and why state and federal officials were so slow to respond.
In June, the agency said that the drilling technique had no “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water,” but scientists say it omitted case studies from Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas, where water contamination may have occurred.
The president signed off on federal aid to assist the city, where 30,000 households are at risk of lead poisoning due to citywide contamination in the water system.
Environmentalists and energy companies are both pleased with the agency's latest report on the controversial drilling technique.
Voters approved a November ballot initiative banning fracking, but in May state officials passed a law prohibiting municipalities from blocking the oil and gas industry from drilling.
Environmental groups are suing the state, claiming it is allowing the industry to pump fracking wastewater into below ground drinking water supplies.
Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ballot measure banning fracking within city limits — now the Texas legislature wants them, and any other city that bans the potentially hazardous drilling method, to pay for lost tax revenue.
The federal government is investigating whether state regulators have violated the civil rights of African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, who are disproportionately suffering from air and water pollution from hog farms.