16 Mar '17, 5pm

Trump Administration to Kill Fracking Rule on Public Lands

Trump Administration to Kill Fracking Rule on Public Lands

The Trump administration intends to scrap and rewrite an Obama-era rule designed to make fracking on federal lands safer. Drilling has taken place on federal lands for years, with more than 100,000 wells in existence. In 2015, the Interior Dept. issued new standards aimed at making the process safer, including stricter and higher design standards for wells and waste fluid storage facilities to mitigate risks to air, water and wildlife. Companies would also be required to publicly disclose chemicals used in fracking. However, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl blocked the Obama rule in June after accepting the argument from energy companies and several states that federal regulators lack congressional authority to set rules for fracking. The Obama administration appealed the decision to the 10th Circuit, but the rule could be killed for good. The Trump administration said i...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/trump-fracking-public-lands-23166...

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