Skip to comments.Obama tightens fracking rules (on federal and American Indian lands)
Posted on 05/04/2012 9:37:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
The Obama administration tightened rules on hydraulic fracturing Friday, requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the process when done on federal and American Indian lands.
The new rules will also require additional testing of oil and gas well construction and require the industry to have a management plan for the water used in the process.
"This proposed rule will strengthen the requirements for hydraulic fracturing performed on federal and Indian lands in order to build public confidence and protect the health of American communities, while ensuring continued access to the important resources that make up our energy economy," the Interior Department said in a statement.
The move is part of a broader administration effort to increase rules for the controversial practice. Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency tightened air pollution requirements for new oil and gas wells.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is known, has unleashed a boom in energy production in the United States, reducing the country's oil imports, boosting natural gas production and providing thousands of jobs.
But the process has also raised fears of ground water contamination. Fracking involves injecting water, and and some chemicals deep into the earth to crack shale rock, which allows oil and gas to more easily flow. Critics fear the chemicals are seeping into the groundwater.
About 20% of the nation's natural gas production and 30% of its oil production is done on federal lands.
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Step by step he’s shutting them down.
...and a cynic would be right.
THAT'S WHY IT MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!.............
Don’t fall for the lie that they want “alternative” energy.
They want NO energy usage amongst the masses, and “alternative” energy supplies pretty close to no energy.
Makes people too independent when they have cheap and abundant energy.
Nothing wrong with disclosure of the types of chemicals used; the wrong comes in when the greenies lie about it getting into the water supply. The greenies should have to disclose the source of their funding
Enough about the imaginary “War On Women.” How about the very real War On Energy?
How does the “Won” have anything to do with what happens on Indian land?
O’yea, he won.
More socialist power grabs by the central, federal government. Fracking is already well regulated by the states and the feds are just creating an unnecessary second level of rules which increase business expense and amount to discouraging oil and gas development and production.