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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Feb 7, 2013 8:22 PM Flag

    Wyden: 'fracking' rule must include public safeguards

    Wyden: 'fracking' rule must include public safeguards

    By Ben Goad - 02/07/13 07:08 PM ET

    A hydraulic fracturing rule being revised by the Obama administration should include measures to protect public health and the environment, Sen. Ron Wyden said Thursday.

    The Oregon Democrat, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee’s subpanel on public lands and forests, sent a letter to outgoing Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar, contending that a balanced regulation could serve as a model for states and international energy production interests.

    Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” involves high-pressure injections of water, chemicals and sand into shale formations to open seams that enable hydrocarbons to flow.

    Wyden supports the use of “new supplies of cleaner burning natural gas,” but said safeguards must be required as part of the process.

    “Production of oil and gas resources from our public lands is of great importance to our Nation’s energy supply,” Wyden wrote. “At the same time, residents of neighboring communities must have confidence that the water they drink and the air they breathe will be free of harmful pollutants.”

    To that end, Wyden is calling for provisions requiring firms to publicly disclose fracking activities and ensure the integrity of wells. He is also urging and monitoring requirements in the rule.

    The Interior Department issued draft rules last May but last month pulled those back, announcing it would take new comments and revise the proposal.


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