Skip to comments.US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land
Posted on 05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT by CedarDave
The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow.
The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on federal and tribal lands, not on private or state-owned lands.
Environmental groups, among the most vocal opponents of the drilling method, say hydraulic fracturing should be stopped until experts can confirm it is environmentally safe. Some city governments have banned hydraulic fracturing within their districts.
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Of course the fact that hydraulic fracturing has been occurring in 90% of the vertical drilling completions for over 50 years with no problems doesn't factor into Obama's anti-fossil fuel agenda. Another shoe that will drop in June is the expected issuance of a ruling that the sand-dune lizard is "endangered" which will put the same large areas off limits to any type of drilling.
No fan of Romney here, but Obama and his radical environmentalist agenda must be stopped come this November.
I'm posting another article on "fracking" in a few minutes.
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Hannity had the former CEO of Shell oil on the past few days. This guy voted for Obastard and told of how arrogant Obastard is. He is now for Romney.
There is enough energy under this nations ground to fuel us for hundreds of years. The 2% Obastard cites is the false number from the (I believe) FEC, which is in stark disagreement by the dept of interior.
I hate to give the bastards any ideas and doubt very seriously that I am since they know how to twist and turn and connive better than an honest man ever could. I wonder though when they will broadly apply the commerce clause to impose their rules everywhere or when they will apply any rule they damn well please to private contracts since the government may end up as a buyer or party to a subsequent or related contract?
For example, a major producer sells fuel to the Feds, the contract with them says that any work flowing through to sell that fuel to the Feds must follow rules imposed on the Feds... it happens now. Davis-Bacon Act, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, Walsh-Healy Public Contracts Act have all three shoved a lot of rules much further into private activities than most can ever imagine.
US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land. AKA the death knell for the natural gas boom
Too bad for the western states that allowed themselves to be colonized by the central government. Great for private land owners, who will reap the rewards of selling leases to oil and gas companies . With federal land out of the picture, prices for private land leases will rise...and the price will be paid by consumers in higher bills for gasoline and natural gas.
For now, at least. Read the first sentence -- rules could set a standard such that application to all lands could follow. Sort of like that frog in the pot analogy.
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What I don’t understand is how “rules” fit int the legal scheme of things; moreover, if such rules could be changed in a retroactive manner, and then be prosecuted, it would be violating the prohibition on Ex Post Facto laws.
They would apply to new completions and likely any work overs using hydraulic fracturing. As far as “legal” goes, the DOI ignores that as evidenced by a federal judge declaring their moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico illegal. They just ignored the ruling so permits languish.