Thursday, May 16, 2013
Background: Following is a comment from Amy Farrell, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on the release of hydraulic fracturing rules today by the Bureau of Land Management.
“We are reviewing the BLM rules to determine how they will affect our members’ ability to produce this clean, abundant and affordable natural gas resource.
“It is encouraging that the administration revisited its original proposal and appears to have made some favorable changes, including accounting for the expertise and work being done at the state level. We will reserve judgment on the proposal more broadly until we have had a chance to thoroughly evaluate it.
“Our view is that it is essential that the proposal account for the extensive regulatory structures in place in states across this country. Any federal rules should work in concert with substantial regulatory regimes established by the states. State regulators have shown that they best understand the unique geological conditions that exist within their borders, and they have the expertise needed to oversee natural gas development.
“With our industry’s commitment to safe and responsible development and with strong state regulation that provides the public with confidence in our work, America can take full advantage of the many economic, environmental and energy security benefits this domestic energy resource offers.
“We look forward to working with the BLM and Interior Department as it works toward finalizing these rules.”