Proposed Regulation of Fracking Challenged by Oklahoma AG and Louisiana Governor

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Calling a federal proposal arbitrary, capricious and without justification, Oklahoma 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.

Pruitt, writing for the Republican Attorneys General Association, and Jindal, writing as the current chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said in a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday that historically, states have had the responsibility of regulating drilling on Indian land.

The letter, the second from Pruitt and the RGA, asks Obama, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of the Interior to drop the proposed BLM rule. Pruitt and Jindal called the rule destructive, saying it would negatively affect investment, revenue and employment.

The new date for the BLM to finalize the rule has not been set, said Diane Clay, spokeswoman for the Pruitt's office.

"But it is expected to be sometime in 2013," Clay said.

Pruitt, the RAGA and the RGA are against the proposed rule because of its reliance on faulty data and the fact that states have regulated hydraulic fracturing for more than 40 years with success, Clay said.

"'Transferring' this regulatory power to the federal government will cause serious delays in permitting," Clay said.

Delays could take years, Clay said.

"And it would create significant and unnecessary costs to states and the industry," Clay said.

Downstream, this could result in lost jobs and revenue for states, Clay said.

The BLM rule was first proposed on May 11 when it was published. …


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