Political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity lauded a bill by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, that would thwart the Interior Department's plan to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal lands and enforce regulations even in states with their own rules. "State agencies are better equipped to oversee hydraulic fracking than the federal government because they are more proximate to and understand the unique needs of the energy sector. Federal oversight would threaten this critical industry's rapid progress," the group's Federal Affairs Manager Christine Harbin Hanson said in a letter to Flores.

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