On June 30, during his interview on Platts Energy Week, US Secretary of Energy Enerst Moniz said the states are, and should remain, the primary source for regulation. Moniz discussed the different geological conditions of the states where fracking occurs and the need for states to address these differences with their own regulations. He suggested, however, that the EPA would still need to decide whether or not it would design a set of baseline principles for states to follow.
Further, Moniz attributed many of the environmental concerns of fracking to improper well construction. He called the problems “manageable” as well construction techniques and regulations continue to improve.
For the full interview, visit Platts Energy Week. Part 2 of the interview focuses on LNG exports, and hydraulic fracturing.
Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center