House Dems Say Interior Fracking Rules Fall Short

Law360, New York (September 11, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT) -- Several House Democrats on Tuesday objected to the U.S. Department of the Interior's proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands, arguing that the agency's rulemaking left out important environmental and public health protections.

Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey, the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and five other Democrats urged the Interior Department in a letter to tighten the proposed rule's safeguards on chemical disclosure, waste handling and well integrity.

Issued in May, the Interior Department's proposal would require operators to publish the chemicals...
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