Interior Delays Much-Disputed Fracking Disclosure Rule

Law360, New York (January 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday that it would delay a rule designed to tighten standards on the use of chemicals in hydraulic fracturing on public lands, amid widespread criticism over the proposed regulation from both industry and environmental groups.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, a DOI unit, it will use the delay to issue an improved version of the rule, following extensive feedback from stakeholders and the public. The changes will enable greater coordination with existing state practices, maximize flexibility and...
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