Proposed federal fracking rules draw fire

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— A proposal for federal regulations on the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development on federal land drew fire from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado officials at a congressional hearing Wednesday in Denver.

The officials said state rules adequately oversee the process known as fracking, in which thousands or millions of gallons of fluid are pumped into wells to fracture rock to release oil and gas.

“There is no need for the federal government to step in and insert itself into a process that is working well,” said Kathleen Clarke, director of the Utah Office of Public Land Policy Coordination.

The officials testified at a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources at the Colorado Capitol.

The Department of Interior is considering rules on disclosure of fracking fluid ingredients as well as management of fluids and wastewater. The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees oil and gas development on federal lands, has not issued any draft of rules.

Read the rest of the story at The Denver Post.

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