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North Dakota and Wyoming Congressional Delegations Push for State Control of Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

oil rigThe congressional delegations from North Dakota and Wyoming are leading the charge to preserve States’ rights to control hydraulic fracturing within their respective borders.  Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working on a new rule to modernize its management of hydraulic fracturing operations and establish baseline environmental safeguards across all public and American Indian lands. 

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming wrote a letter to Department of Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, requesting an exemption for Wyoming and other States such as North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah that are currently regulating hydraulic fracturing. In the letter, the Wyoming delegation explains how BLM’s proposed fracking rule is duplicative and will significantly delay and discourage oil and gas permitting and production on America’s public lands. “State regulations are a solution that is working for the people of our nation’s public land states. They should be supported, not supplanted, by the Administration,” the Wyoming delegation wrote.

U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota sent a similar letter to Secretary Jewel that urges her to exempt North Dakota and the State’s tribes from the BLM’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing, and to recognize that States are best suited to oversee their own oil and gas development. “The federal government should allow States and tribes to continue to move forward with their own sophisticated regulatory framework instead of stifling them with a generic blanket of federal regulations. We believe such federal regulations will hamper innovative approaches being developed throughout the country,” wrote the North Dakota delegation.

Representatives Cramer and Lummis are also sponsors of a bill that would give States first authority over hydraulic fracturing. The Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act requires the Department of the Interior to defer to state regulations, permitting, and guidance for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands within any given State’s boundaries.

The public comment period for the BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule closed on August 23, 2013.  Once the new public comments have been analyzed, the BLM will issue a final rule. To view the hydraulic fracturing rule draft proposal, click here



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