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May 23, 2013

Senator Inhofe opposes federal fracking rules

CHICKASHA — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, has issued a statement in opposition to federal fracking rules that have been proposed by the Department of Interior.

"The release of Bureau of Land Management's new HF rule is unnecessary," said Inhofe. "While it blesses the FracFocus system for chemical disclosure, this rule remains duplicative of the excellent efforts being done by states to regulate the process. States have been effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing since its first use in Duncan, Okla., in 1949. Since then, over one million wells have been fracked and there has not been a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination in that time. There is no need for the federal government to get involved in this process."

Inhofe is the senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The proposed hydraulic fracturing rule would apply to the process when it occurs on federal and tribal lands.

The draft proposal was released Thursday and is subject to a 30-day public comment period. The previous draft earned 177,000 public comments, according to a DOI press release.

The Obama Administration is arguing for the rules because the Bureau of Land Management's current regulations for fracking are more than 30 years old.

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