WEA Pleased to See 'More Deliberative' Process on Fracking Rules

A Western Energy Alliance (WEA) spokesperson said the group is pleased that the Department of the Interior (DOI) has decided to engage in a more deliberative process in implementing rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rather than trying to rush the rule, said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs for WEA, in an email statement to Rigzone.

DOI has decided to delay finalizing hydraulic fracturing rules on federal lands, Reuters reported Tuesday.

"Industry, states, and tribes have provided very detailed technical comments that highlight the impracticalities and complexities of the proposed rule, and how it infringes on state water rights and existing regulations," said Sgamma in an email statement to Rigzone.

While it makes sense that the Bureau of Land Management is taking more time to adjust the rule, WEA believes a wholesale rethinking is necessary, Sgamma said.

"With an estimated cost to society of $1.5 billion, BLM needs to slow down, conduct the economic analysis that was missing from the proposed rule, and consult with states and tribes," said Sgamma. "We believe if BLM performed that proper analysis, it would determine that a new, redundant rule is not necessary."

In September, WEA and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) called for a meeting with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to discuss the proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Both organizations called the proposed rule unnecessary, excessive and requiring actions that no state currently regulating oil and gas production deems necessary.


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