5/17/2013

The Department of the Interior released its proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The regulations would cover new well-integrity standards and the disclosure of chemicals used in the drilling technique. Industry groups criticized the plan, saying that such regulation is best left to states. "We know from experience that hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling methods can be used safely and effectively, employing many of the best management practices reflected in this draft rule," said Neil Kornze, principal deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management.

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