Salazar: Feds still tweaking hydraulic fracturing rules
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the federal fracturing rule is still being tweaked, months after the proposal was shipped to the Office of Management and Budget for review, The Houston Chronicle reports. "We are in the process of working through the final details on that," Salazar says. The mandates will be unveiled "once we complete the refinement of those rules." Salazar says the measure should be out soon, which is the same forecast he has been offering since late last year. The rule would apply to oil and natural gas extracted from federal leases using the hydraulic fracturing process, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals deep underground to crack rock formations and unlock the hydrocarbons trapped inside. It would require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals they pump underground. It also would impose new mandates for the design and monitoring of wells, including possible requirements for mechanical integrity tests to confirm that the well casing can prevent leaks. And it would establish new requirements for treating water used at the sites. Read the full story here.
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