Trump administration to repeal Obama fracking regulations on federal land
The Trump administration is proposing to repeal completely Obama-era standards governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land.A federal court had already ruled that the Bureau of Land Management did not have the authority to regulate fracking. It was just another example of the Obama administration's hostility to fossil fuel production,
The proposal from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is due to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.
The landmark 2015 regulation set standards in areas such as disclosure of fracking chemicals and integrity of well casing.
It was the Obama administration’s attempt to update decades-old regulations to account for the explosive growth in fracking for oil and natural gas in recent years.
The repeal is the latest in a long string of environmental regulations from Obama that Trump is working to undo.
Trump officials say in the proposal released Monday that the Obama regulation is largely duplicative of state and tribal standards, and would cost the oil and gas industry up to $45 million a year to comply.