Interior Dept. rolls out proposed fracking regulations

05/16/2013 | · Washington Post, The

The Department of the Interior released proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, which cover new well-integrity standards and the disclosure of chemicals used in the drilling technique. Industry groups criticized the plan as they believe such regulation is best left to states. "While changes to the proposed rule attempt to better acknowledge the state role, [the Bureau of Land Management] has yet to answer the question why it is moving forward with these requirements in the first place," said Erik Milito, the American Petroleum Institute's upstream director.

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