A bill that would keep states in charge of regulating hydraulic fracturing has the support of the industry’s leading trade group, the American Petroleum Institute.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who introduced the Empower States Act, said the geology of each state is different, and that, “The legislation also recognizes that states have a long record of effectively regulating oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracturing, with good environmental stewardship.”
According to API’s Jack Gerard, the key is recognizing state leadership in resource development.
“The industry supports sensible and effective regulation but an overlay of one-size-fits-all federal regulation or a maze of duplicative regulations from multiple agencies on hydraulic fracturing is unnecessary and counterproductive,” he said in a statement.
Many in the oil and gas industry contend the Obama administration has been blocking more domestic energy production, particularly with regard to leasing on public lands.
Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are key extraction methods for booming oil and gas shale plays in places like the Niobrara, Bakken and Eagle Ford. But the techniques have generated concern in some quarters about their environmental impacts.