Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BP, Others Push Against Federal Regulation of Fracturing

Published: March 23, 2010

"BP America Inc. and two other oil and gas companies are lobbying for the new Senate climate and energy bill to recommend against federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing.

And their efforts may be successful. The latest draft of the climate and energy bill being written by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) reportedly includes language saying U.S. EPA would not regulate the oil and gas drilling technique.

In a "discussion draft (pdf)" obtained by E&E, the oil and gas firms propose adding language that says regulation should be left to the states.

"States with existing oil and gas regulatory programs have the authority to and are best situated to continue regulating hydraulic fracturing processes and procedures," the document reads.

The draft also recommends against public disclosure of the chemicals in fracturing fluid, deeming it "trade secret information." Public disclosure is a central component of environmental groups' drive to regulate the practice." More>>>>

And at the State level posted at Common Ground United:

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