Concerns Remain Under BLM's New Fracking Rules

Law360, New York (May 28, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT) -- The Bureau of Land Management has issued a revised proposed rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing. On May 16, 2013, the BLM issued a supplemental notice of proposed rule-making revising its original regulatory proposal from a year ago.

The proposed rule applies only to hydraulic fracturing conducted on federal and Indian lands. As revised, the proposed rule expressly does not apply to other “well stimulation” operations, including secondary recovery through flooding and tertiary recovery through steam injection.

The revisions focus on three main topics:

Creating a mechanism to reduce overlap between...
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