The Leaflet: New Fracking Regulations for States

Published March 26, 2015

 New Fracking Regulations for States

In the past week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is issuing newregulations on certain techniques of drilling for natural gas and oil- hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.” On Friday, U.S. Department of Interior officials announced the finalized rules.

The new standards will require oil and gas drillers on federal lands to disclose the chemicals they use in fracking. Companies will also face more barriers in both constructing wells and disposing wastewater.

The idea that fracking is a major public health concern has been propagated by faulty and debunked studies. On March 20, Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr was on the Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss the new regulations on hydraulic fracturing.  In the interview, Dr. Lehr states, “We fractured a million wells between the beginning and when the shale gas boom began, and we really haven’t proven that there’s been a single water supply contaminated.”

Former North Dakota lawmaker and Heartland Research Fellow Bette Grande strongly criticized the standards. “Oil & Gas regulation has always been a state issue; we live here and we know what is best for our state. Another set of rules, permits and oversight are simply duplicative and costly to what is already being done in [oil and natural gas] producing states. Even with a small proportion of federal land in North Dakota – the BLM rules impact 40 percent of oil production in North Dakota – it will have a much larger impact in other Midwest and Western states.”

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