Richard Ranger letter to U.S. Department of Interior regarding BLM proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land (September 10, 2012)The American Petroleum Institute (“API”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Notice published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), May 11, 2012, on the subject of the BLM proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public land and Indian land (proposed rule).
We believe that the need for the proposed rule has not been supported by technical or scientific information that demonstrate that present federal and state regulations are inadequate to assure that hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells drilled on federal public lands takes place in a safe an environmentally responsible manner. As we will explain further, API recommends that the proposed rule be withdrawn and that prior to promulgating a new rule, the BLM should undertake a careful analysis of the agency’s current regulations, onshore orders and other administrative practices concerning the regulation of drilling, well completion and production operations in collaboration with state agencies with similar regulatory mandates, and organizations such as the Ground Water Protection Council and STRONGER (State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations).
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