Special Report: States regulate hydraulic fracturing well, officials testify

07/06/2009
US states already regulate hydraulic fracturing aggressively and effectively, and a federal law would be redundant, two officials told a US House subcommittee in early June.“As the head regulator of oil and natural gas development in North Dakota and an office of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, I can assure you that we have no higher priority than the protection of our states’ water resources,” said Lynn D. Helms, director of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources.“Within our respective states, we are responsible for implementing the state regulations governing the exploration and development of oil and gas resources. First and foremo...
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