What They're Saying About Federal Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing
May 4, 2012 -
The Obama Administration today announced new regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Tribal leaders, State officials and energy job creators have already testified at numerous Natural Resources Committee hearings explaining how new federal regulations will cost jobs, slow energy production and cause economic harm.
“A ‘one size fits all’ regulatory structure at the federal level will be devastating to the energy industry in Colorado. The difference in regulatory needs for Texas and places east of the Mississippi are as diverse as the differences of energy production in Colorado…These needs and concerns are best addressed by those that understand our state, our people, our land, and our industry. Those people are the ones that live and work right here in Colorado.” (Colorado State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg, 5/2/12)
“The permitting on federal lands in the Rockies is already a long, cumbersome and costly process. BLM regulations have pushed much of current energy development to the private lands of the east where there is no federal regulation. New fracking regulations from BLM would sound the death knell for oil and gas development on federal lands of the Rockies.” (Christopher Rockers, CEO of Magna Energy Services, 5/2/12)
“Upon review, it is apparent these draft regulations will add significant costs and burdens to companies operating on federal lands without any appreciable improvement in environmental protection. Over the last several years, new rules, policies and administrative actions have made it more difficult for oil and natural gas producers to operate on federal and tribal lands.” (Thomas Stewart, Executive VP of Ohio Oil and Gas Association, 2/27/12)
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