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Salazar says fracking rules coming in ‘a few weeks’
Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2012 | Puneet Kollipara

Posted on 02/14/2012 5:54:08 PM PST by thackney

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday his department would formally unveil its highly anticipated rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in “a few weeks.”

The Interior Department has worked on a trio of rules that would require companies operating on federal lands to disclose the chemicals in their fracturing fluids (with a trade-secret exemption), impose standards meant to ensure wells can withstand fracturing and require companies to explain how they plan to dispose of flowback water.

“If we are going to be successful, the public needs to have confidence that fracking operations are being conducted safely, and that drinking water supplies are protected,” Salazar said.

His remarks came at the City Club of Cleveland, where Salazar gave a much broader discussion of President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy-policy vision that he outlined in his State of the Union address. Obama called for more production of oil and natural gas with safeguards to protect the environment while also saying the nation needed to double down on renewable energy.

A leaked draft of the fracturing rules came under fire from oil-and-gas groups, which called the proposals redundant with what many states and industry itself are already doing and saying they would further impede oil-and-gas development on federal lands.

Industry has tapped vast new pockets of natural gas in shale formations thanks to innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, in which mixtures of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground at high pressures to break up rock and free up trapped oil and gas. Environmentalists contend fracturing can contaminate drinking water supplies, while industry insists the practice is safe.

Environmental advocates note that many states still don’t have disclosure requirements and some states’ requirements aren’t as stringent as what Interior plans to propose.

Salazar said fracturing is already being done safely “in most cases.” But he defended the rules, saying not moving forward with them could undermine public confidence in unconventional natural-gas production enough to serve as its “Achilles heel.” He also said the American people have a right to have their public lands used in a “responsible way.”

“To me those rules are common sense,” he said. He rejected the notion that the rules would “kill jobs,” saying that many industries such as farming depend on having soil, land and water that aren’t polluted.

Interior would have to take public comment on the rules once they’re proposed.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ban; chinapaybacks; energy; naturalgas; oil; regulation; shalegas

1 posted on 02/14/2012 5:54:19 PM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

Wringing their hands in glee while they devise new methods to raise the cost of fuel and destroy the country.


2 posted on 02/14/2012 5:56:57 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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1) require companies operating on federal lands to disclose the chemicals in their fracturing fluids

This likely is of little impact. Many companies are starting to do this on their own anyways. Also some states, including Texas, have set up similar requirements.

2) impose standards meant to ensure wells can withstand fracturing

Ideally, that should be no change. Companies should be using a well design that can withstand any pressure they create during fracturing or it will cost them money regardless of fines imposed.

In reality, that likely is going to become an issue to PROVE that capability PRIOR to hydraulic fracturing.

3) require companies to explain how they plan to dispose of flowback water.

This is the one several companies fell down during their execution. Some used low budget contractors and turned a blind eye to how they could dispose of the fluids so cheaply. This has (in my opinion) been the largest legitimate complaint of the industry.

3 posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:09 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
We need a true Patriot to step up and frack Salazar.
4 posted on 02/14/2012 6:09:40 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: thackney

Always appreciate your knowledgeable comments on the energy biz!


5 posted on 02/14/2012 6:12:19 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: thackney
Salazar's Challenge:

To devise rules and regulations that outwardly appear reasonable but inwardly are designed to choke the oil and gas industry and prevent Americans from having cheap and readily available energy supplies.

6 posted on 02/14/2012 6:13:57 PM PST by JPG ("I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office." BHO)
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To: thackney
Ah yes, the City Club of Cleveland, a bastion of free speech for douchebag liberals since about 1928.
7 posted on 02/14/2012 6:17:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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I'm sure you're right about the details but the whole purpose of these "rules" is to invite opportunities for leftwing shysters to file suit and gum up the works for years while the details are "adjudicated."

Federal 'rules' bring federal lawsuits, which bring federal damages to the leftwing assholes who brought the suits in the first place.

8 posted on 02/14/2012 6:20:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: thackney

The whole fracking story, right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2LOV4JZdxs


9 posted on 02/14/2012 6:25:08 PM PST by bigbob
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To: thackney

we don’t need any fracking rules.


10 posted on 02/14/2012 6:27:21 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: hinckley buzzard
...but the whole purpose of these "rules" is to invite opportunities for leftwing shysters to file suit and gum up the works for years while the details are "adjudicated." Federal 'rules' bring federal lawsuits, which bring federal damages to the leftwing assholes who brought the suits in the first place.

You can bet that it has nothing to do with an increase in supply, expanding the jobs market, or lowering prices to consumers and increasing profits for the drillers and producers.

The primary beneficiaries of the "federal rules" will be the bureaucrats who are empowered and the enviro-sttorneys who will be enriched.

The rest of us will take it in the pocketbook.

It's an Obama World.

11 posted on 02/14/2012 6:30:05 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: thackney

Never trust Salazar.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 6:36:12 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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So, Russia, China and brazil will come and suck out our oil.

Maybe even Iran and Venezuela. In satisfaction of debt.

I am certain they’ll make no mess.

Maybe even Japan. But they’ll be neat.


13 posted on 02/14/2012 6:45:39 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: savedbygrace

I trust him.

I trust him to find any false pretense to create ways to stall, delay, impede and stop new production.


14 posted on 02/14/2012 6:51:45 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I’m shocked that we are even drilling on federal land.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 7:19:15 PM PST by 03A3
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To: thackney

“In reality, that likely is going to become an issue to PROVE that capability PRIOR to hydraulic fracturing.”

It will become a big stopper. Proving this to the satisfaction of the EPA and the greens will be lengthy and time consuming process. Some percentage of projects will never go forward as a result.


16 posted on 02/14/2012 7:32:49 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: thackney

“require companies ... to disclose the chemicals in their fracturing fluids (with a trade-secret exemption)”

The secret ingredient is Brawndo. It’s got what wells crave.


17 posted on 02/14/2012 7:38:51 PM PST by tumblindice (Whitey-American: Taxed Enough Already)
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To: thackney

Let me guess....NO!!! Frack you, Salazar


18 posted on 02/14/2012 7:48:56 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: thackney

Salazar:

“You what?”
“You wanna provide an energy resource for the lower 48?”

“Ha! Ain’t gonna happen no way, no how!”

“Them’s the rules!”


19 posted on 02/14/2012 8:40:35 PM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: thackney

Interior Secretary SalaCZAR is a busy little body...he’s about to decide whether to remove 4 dams on the Klamath in Oregon and Northern California, too....


20 posted on 02/14/2012 9:14:24 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: thackney

Only NeCons want the US free from ME energy.

The liberals wants us in the ME forever.


21 posted on 02/14/2012 9:31:30 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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