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Fracking rules on chopping block

Joe Mont | July 26, 2017

As part of President Trump’s stated goal “to reduce the burden of Federal regulations that hinder economic growth and energy development,” the Bureau of Land Management has published a proposal to rescind a 2015 final rule on hydraulic fracturing.

The rule demanded construction standards so that fracking operations would not pollute nearby water sources. Disclosure requirements were also demanded regarding any chemicals used in the process.

The rule was stalled, and remains in limbo, due to legal challenges.

“The Department of the Interior’s approach toward overseeing wells is to be better business partners and environmental stewards which is in alignment with the Trump Administration’s across-the-board prioritization of domestic energy production,” Vincent DeVito, counselor to the Secretary of the Interior for energy policy.  “This means flexibility to regulate fracking and a rule-making process open to all members...

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