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ICYMI: Fracking Rules Coming in Weeks
Posted by Mallory Micetich on April 30, 2013
Today, The Hill newspaper published an article on the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s proposed federal rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). In this article, Secretary Jewell states that it will be a matter of weeks not months before new federal rules on fracking will be released. Since November of 2010 when the Obama administration mentioned possible new federal regulation of fracking, House Natural Resources Committee Republicans have conducted oversight of this issue with multiple hearings about the possible effects of a federal rule on fracking.

The Hill
Fracking rules coming 'in weeks,' says Interior chief Jewell
By Zach Coleman


Draft federal rules on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be released in a matter of “weeks, not months,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. The draft rules have undergone “sufficient change,” Jewell said during a media call. They’ll go through a public comment period once revealed.

Interior decided in January to rewrite the rules that would govern fracking on federal lands. The controversial drilling method involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into tight-rock formations to tap oil and gas reserves buried deep underground.

Environmentalists are concerned that fracking pollutes groundwater and have called for strong regulations to protect drinking reservoirs.

The draft rules are expected to establish new requirements for maintaining well integrity and managing so-called flowback water, among other items.

The oil and gas industry contends fracking is safe, noting that states have regulated the practice for decades. The industry is pushing back against the rules, which it says would be duplicative and would fail to account for geological differences between states.

Jewell, for her part, has said a “one-size-fits-all” approach to regulating fracking won't work


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