Feds Propose New Fracking Rule
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Obama Administation is proposing a new rule that would require oil and gas companies drilling on federal land to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.
The rule relies on an on-line data base used by Colorado and 10 other states to track the chemicals used in fracking operations. The website fracfocus.org allows users to gather well-specific information about thousands of sites across the country.
The Department of the Interior proposal replaces a plan that was withdrawn last year after concerns that it would slow the nationwide boom in natural gas production.
In a statement released to media, Representative Cynthia Lummis called the proposal a "Presidential Power Grab." "There is no assurance that Wyoming will be given an exemption, and it puts the federal government in full command of that decision," said Lummis.
"While I am still reviewing the proposed BLM rule, I generally favor regulating hydraulic fracturing through state governments," said Senator Mike Enzi in a press release. "A federal, one-size-fits-all approach isnt necessary."
Wyoming law requires disclosure of the fracking chemicals to the state, but they are classified as trade secrets and are not allowed to be made public. A Natrona County Superior Court judge recently upheld that law.