Watching Government: Delay or not, comments on way

The US Department of the Interior announced June 22 that it would accept comments on its proposed onshore hydraulic fracturing regulations for another 60 days. Then it unofficially explained why this was not a delay when some groups characterized it as such. The Industrial Energy Consumers of America, for example, said it was a White House decision to delay the US Bureau of Land Management's proposed rules. US manufacturers have benefited directly from low natural gas prices as a result of fracing, IECA Pres. Paul N. Cicio said. Suggesting that the proposed regulations could slow down drilling permit approvals and make production rates fall, Cicio said, "It is of great concern that B...

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