Wyoming delegation asks Jewell to exempt state from BLM fracing rules

Wyoming’s congressional delegation asked US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell to exempt the state and others that already regulate hydraulic fracturing from the US Bureau of Land Management’s final regulations when they are issued.

In an Aug. 19 letter to the secretary, the three Republican members of the delegation—US Sens. John Barrasso and Michael B. Enzi, and US Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis—said they appreciated Jewell’s favorable comments about Wyoming’s existing fracing regulation regime during a June 6 Senate and Energy Natural Resources Committee hearing.

“We therefore request that you exempt Wyoming and the other states currently regulating hydraulic fracturing from BLM’s final rule,” they continued. “State regulations are a solution that is working for the people of our nation’s public land states. They should be supported, not supplanted, by the [Obama] administration.”

BLM is accepting comments on its proposed fracing regulations through Aug. 23.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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