The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management just released revised rules governing hydraulic fracturing — fracking — on public lands.
They seem to have upset both environmentalists and the industry — we’ve already received two insta-press releases from both sides criticising the updated regulations.
That’s usually a good sign. The actual news is that energy firms will continue to be able to use the online databank FracFocus to report chemicals they’ve used in their drilling process. A Harvard study recently criticised FracFocus for being essentially self-regulated by the industry.
Meanwhile, firms will face increased scrutiny on wellbore construction and safety.
Here’s the full release: