Gas-Rich States Knock Federal Fracking Rules Before Panel

Law360, New York (May 31, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT) -- New federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing could choke off oil and gas drilling on public lands and subject energy firms to duplicative permitting rules, according to testimony in front of a Republican-led congressional panel Thursday.

Representatives from gas-producing states like Pennsylvania and Oklahoma told legislators that new federal oversight could delay leasing permits and discourage drilling on federal land, particularly in a Western shale formation thought to hold 800 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalent.

The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
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