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March 25, 2015
Last week, the Obama Administration’s Bureau of Land Management issued new rules governing hydraulic fracturing. Portions of the federal plan – such as groundwater monitoring and disclosure of chemicals used – mirror what is already the law in California. Here’s what others have been saying in the news following the release of these regulations:
“First of all fracking in California has been going on for more than 50 years…California imports 70% of our petroleum products. Our cars drive over 330 billion miles mostly on petroleum. If we reduce our oil drilling in California by a few percent, which a ban on fracking would do, we would import more oil by train or boat. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.” – Governor Jerry Brown, 3/22/15
“California has already adopted rules that match or expand on the Interior Department standards. That’s especially important since this state is the country’s fourth-largest oil producer and beginning to expand fracking in a major way.
But ending fracking isn’t a serious political option. The U.S. is poised to become an energy superpower, bringing down gas pump prices and minimizing the influence of hostile nations such as Russia, Iran and Venezuela.
The global message can be heard in other ways. The greenest president on record is charting a reasonable middle course as he pushes for an all-nations climate-change treaty later this year. There’s a way to develop resources safely while charting a course toward a balanced energy picture.” – San Francisco Chronicle Editorial, 3/24/15
In comparing California’s hydraulic fracturing to the new federal standards: “We believe ours are as or more strict overall.” – Don Drysdale, state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources spokesperson, 3/21/15
New federal regulations will ensure the public that “transparent and effective safety and environmental protections are in place…I’ve personally fracked wells, so I understand the risk as well as the reward…We owe it to our kids to get this right.” – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, 3/21/15
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