AGl Pruitt and Republican Governors Association Challenge Destructive Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday challenged a proposed rule by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to federally regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands, historically a state responsibility.
“For 40 years, states have safely and effectively regulated hydraulic fracturing operations, including overseeing the recent shale energy revolution,” Pruitt said. “State regulators, not the federal government, are in the best position to understand the scientific and economic requirements of the industry without adding burdensome delays and more than $1 billion in unnecessary costs.”
In a letter to President Obama, Pruitt, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, outlined multiple objections to a proposed rule that would strip states of the right to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
The letter, which is the second from General Pruitt and RGA, asks President Obama, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget to withdraw the rule proposed by BLM because of the rule’s significant and destructive impacts on states, including lost investment, revenue and employment.
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