Proposed federal rules covering hydraulic fracturing aren't needed as state-level regulation is already adequate, independent oil and natural gas producers said. "Our federal system has vested the states with the authority to ensure that development of energy sources is safe and responsible," said Barry Russell, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. "The rule will further disadvantage the West, as development, jobs, and economic activity will continue to migrate to areas without federal lands," said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at the Western Energy Alliance.

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