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Four States Sue U.S. Interior Over 'Too Strict' Fracking Regulations


Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and now Utah are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over fracking regulations issued by the federal government in March.

The federal government promised to “support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands,” according to a March 20 U.S. Interior Department statement announcing the regulations.

RELATED: Interior Department Issues Rule to Ensure 'Safe' Fracking in Indian Country

The state governments begged to differ.

"There is no question the practice of hydraulic fracturing should be regulated in order to ensure protection of the environment," said Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, which moved to join the suit on May 18, in a statement. "However, adoption of the proposed rule would create an inconsistent, costly and inefficient regulatory system that provides no additional environmental protection or public safety than is offered by programs already enforced by the state."

At the same time, fracking chemicals have been found in Pennsylvania drinking water, according to a report in USA Today.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of extracting oil and gas from shale beds that entails injecting chemical-laden water between the rocks. Afterward the wastewater is injected deep underground, where it supposedly does not contaminate the aquifer.

The practice has also been shown to cause earthquakes.

RELATED: Study Confirms That Fracking Caused Ohio Earthquakes

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alexjacobs's picture
Submitted by alexjacobs on
Regulations of Industry are made by Lobbyists for the Industry with help from ALEC (& other Lobbyists) who also write the Bills that Legislators introduce (word for word) to make the Laws to protect Industry and not People in exchange for $... ... Why do we citizens go to these Regulatory Agencies and Beg for them to change their rules to accommodate citizens who want to protect their communities? Can communities exercise their Rights to protect themselves since Governments and Courts no longer seem to protect the communities (or land, air, water) but will protect Industries who pollute & hold local economies hostage ...communities are forced to fight back and find protection with lawsuits, passing local laws/ordinances/regulations and civil disobedience...

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Submitted by jaijacobia on
Then there's Texas and soon Oklahoma along with other states who have passed laws prohibiting cities and local governments from prohibiting the fracking that is poisoning our water and quaking us off the earth. Just another example of what money can buy. Big energy contributes to campaign funds (which should be outlawed) then they employ workers who vote for the politicians bought by the energy companies. No one any longer cares about right and wrong and no one cares about our country. Great Spirit Father God, where are you? It's time to come back. We've destroyed the beautiful mother earth you gave us.