States best qualified to regulate oil, gas, House panel told

04/22/2013
US states are the most qualified to regulate oil and gas development within their boundaries because they're well acquainted with unique geological and environmental conditions there, officials from three state governments told the US House Natural Resources Committee. But a fourth witness said federal and state regulators may have different management goals that are dictated by law. US Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), the committee's chairman, said the committee and some of its subcommittees have held at least five hearings in the last 2 years about problems when new federal oil and gas requirements are imposed on top of existing state regulations. "There is a simple solution to prevent...
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