Okla. Bill Blocking Local Fracking Bans Signed Into Law

By Dani Kass (June 2, 2015, 4:11 PM EDT) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a controversial bill into law Friday, banning cities and counties from regulating hydraulic fracturing and instead ensuring state regulators will have that sole power.

SB 809 affirmed the regulating power of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission over the state's oil and natural gas industry and banned municipalities from issuing moratoriums or bans on drilling or wastewater disposal. Localities may still pass laws, rules and regulations regarding traffic issues, noise, fencing requirements and the placing of drill rigs.

"Corporation commissioners are elected by the people of Oklahoma to regulate the oil and gas industry. They are best equipped...

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