Protecting the States’ Ability to Regulate Fracking

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working to finalize a rule that would put in place more stringent federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on federal and Indian lands. At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a study on the potential impacts of fracking on groundwater. Implementing regulations on federal lands would duplicate the states’ long, proven history of effectively regulating fracking, drive up costs for one of the most successful economic stories in America in recent times, and remove flexibility for the state regulators to manage their own resources.

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