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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 25, 2013 7:52 PM Flag

    Wyden floats fracking regs framework

    Wyden floats fracking regs framework

    Zack Colman - 07/25/13 01:50 PM ET

    Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) floated a proposal Thursday to let states regulate fracking underground while permitting the federal government to set reporting and disclosure requirements.

    The framework Wyden laid out would affect fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, across the country, setting it apart from an ongoing process led by the Interior Department that covers only federal land. Much of the U.S. shale energy boom has occurred on private and state land left untouched by the draft Interior rule, making Wyden's proposal a hefty one.

    “I want to explore the idea of giving the states a really broad berth, a really key role, on what happens below ground, while the federal government could have a leadership role on a number of the key issues above ground, such as disclosure and spill reporting,” Wyden said at a Washington, D.C., event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

    He said, “there’s been some interest” in the idea, though he said discussions were “preliminary.”

    The concept was one of many Wyden said he’s talking to lawmakers about regarding natural gas. Other areas of focus included smoothing the path for using natural gas in the transportation sector, upgrading pipeline infrastructure, managing exports and the environment.

    The fracking scheme might be one of the heavier lifts.

    Fracking involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into tight rock formations to tap hydrocarbons buried deep underground.

    The oil and gas industry says the practice is safe, but green and public health groups worry it could pollute drinking water.

    Divvying up fracking oversight would attempt to split the difference between complaints industry and environmental groups have about the draft Interior fracking rule.

    Industry, along with their congressional allies, and states have argued that states are best left to regulate f

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