Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., criticized changes to the Bureau of Land Management's hydraulic fracturing rule, particularly about the variance process in the policy. "[The rule] says ... that BLM may rescind this variance or modify the conditions of approval at any time. This is hardly the certainty that you acknowledged during your confirmation process is so important for the private sector," Barrasso told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. The lawmaker also dismissed the need for federal fracking rules as state-level regulation is already appropriate.

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