CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's congressional delegation asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter Monday to exempt Wyoming and other states that now regulate hydraulic fracturing from planned federal regulation of fracking on federal land.
Federal regulation in these states would be duplicative and impede oil and gas development, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis wrote.
Jewell said in releasing the draft rules in May that federal rules for fracking on federal land are needed to reconcile a patchwork of state fracking rules. Yet, she has praised Wyoming's rules which, among other requirements, make companies provide to regulators lists of the chemicals that go into the specially formulated fluids they use to improve the fracking process.
In June, Jewell testified about fracking before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She was asked to list which states currently regulating fracking haven't been doing a sufficient job, but she didn't name any, the delegation letter said.
"Your inability to identify any state suggests, at the very least, that BLM's final rule should not apply to states currently regulating hydraulic fracturing," the delegation wrote.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is committed to working with states that have fracking standards to avoid unnecessary duplication or delays, Interior spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said in an email statement.
The draft rules already have been revised to take state and tribal regulation into account, Kershaw wrote.
"The rule is intended to complement the efforts of some states — including Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Texas — that have recently revised their hydraulic fracturing regulations," she wrote.
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