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- Article: Bureau of Land Management Unveils Draft Rules
- Jurisdictional Updates:
Excerpt from Bureau of Land Management Unveils Draft Rules -
Stakeholder opinion still mixed as many groups express caution and disappointment with the new revisions.
On May 16, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") unveiled a revised set of draft rules for hydraulic fracturing operations on federal and Indian lands. BLM has previously established basic regulations for oil and gas drilling and production, including hydraulic fracturing, but decided in 2012 to amend these regulations in response to heightened public concerns about hydraulic fracturing. BLM’s initial 2012 proposal was met with criticism from industry, state officials, lawmakers, and environmental groups alike. The agency retracted the proposal to make changes and finally issued a revised proposed rule last month.
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