BLM Rescinds Rule on Fracking

The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will rescind the 2015 final rule on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

The final rule has never been in effect due to pending litigation, and has been rescinded, according to the BLM, as part of President Trump's goal to reduce the burden of federal regulations that hinder economic growth and energy development.

In a review of the final rule, the BLM found that all 32 of the states with federal oil and gas leases have regulations that address fracking. Also, since the 2015 final rule was published, more companies are reportedly using state regulatory agencies and/or databases such as FracFocuse to disclose the chemical content of hydraulic fracturing fluids.

The BLM estimates that approximately 1,700 production wells were or would be drilled in fiscal year 2017 on Federal and Indian lands. An estimated 90 percent of the wells drilled in 2017 were completed using frackking techniques to stimulate production.

During the past 15 years, there have been significant technological advances in horizontal drilling, a technique now frequently combined with fracking to help release significant quantities of oil and gas from shale and other tight geologic formations.

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