GOP, Salazar spar over fracking rules for public lands
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar brushed off attacks from Republicans on Wednesday regarding his department’s plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal public lands.
According to a leaked draft of the rules, the Bureau of Land Management would require companies operating on federal lands to disclose chemicals in their fracturing fluids, impose standards meant to ensure wells can withstand fracturing, and require companies to explain how they plan to dispose of flowback water. Trade secrets would be exempt from the fracturing fluids disclosure.
Republican lawmakers contend that industry has done hydraulic fracturing safely for decades, and that the regulations would undermine further development of promising natural gas supplies