In a July 16, 2013 hearing before the US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell explained the BLM’s proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing on public and tribe lands as a “common sense” update to old regulations. Sec. Jewell said the rule would help increase efficiency in the permitting process, while ensuring the public has full confidence regulations were in place to protect their safety and the environment.
The public comment period on the BLM’s revised proposed rule is open until August 23, 2013.
For more information on the House Committee hearing, please visit the House Natural Resource Committee site; and for more information on the BLM revision proposed rule, visit the BLM site.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center