Federal Fracking Stalemate Keeps Regulatory Focus Local

By Sean McLernon (November 21, 2013, 7:49 PM EST) -- Proposed legislation blocking federal hydraulic fracturing rules passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, but with the bill destined to die in the Senate, experts say energy companies should be more worried about local actions that thwart development and scientific studies that will shape long-term policy.

With several Colorado communities passing municipal fracking moratoriums, water scarcity raising concerns in several states, and ongoing research helping steer the direction of regulation across the country, the fate of fracking is being determined outside the halls of Congress.

Although House Republicans seem committed to minimizing federal fracking oversight, efforts like the Protecting States'...

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