Thursday, May 10, 2012

Latest Update on Proposed Federal Regulations of Fracking

40 Acres and a Rule: Draft Federal Fracking Regs Cover Only A Sliver of Land
by Lena Groeger ProPublica, May 8, 2012, 12:04 p.m.

[Excerpt] "Last week’s media coverage of the Obama administration’s newly-proposed fracking rules focused so heavily on how drilling companies would have to disclose the chemicals they use that it largely overlooked the toughest provisions: Drillers would be required to test the physical integrity of their wells, and more water would be protected from drilling...

One major limitation: Although widely understood as “national” guidelines, the draft rules would in fact only apply to a sliver of the nation’s natural gas supply. That’s because they would apply to mineral rights managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which means areas beneath most BLM and tribal land, but scarcely any U.S. Forest Service, private or state-owned lands – where most drilling occurs. Industry has criticized the proposed rules as too restrictive…"

Majia Here: My last post on fracking noted that the proposed regulations only require drillers to reveal the chemicals they used in the fracking AFTER drilling!

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