The Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Western Energy Alliance, and other associations filed joint comments last week with the Interior Department regarding its proposed rule to update federal fracking regulations and related oil and gas drilling activity on federal lands. The group, as well as the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which represents 38 state governments, told the agency that the proposed rule would be duplicative and unduly burdensome. States generally regulate the drilling, including activities occurring on federal lands within their borders, but the Bureau of Land Management unveiled a proposal May 4 to update federal regulations with provisions that would require pressure testing, extensive reporting, chemical public disclosure, and bureau approvals.
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