Congressman

Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming

Presidential Power Grabs Continue

Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy policy on federal land is heavy on regulation, light on energy production.

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Washington, May 16, 2013 | Christine D'Amico ((202) 225-2311) | comments
The Department of the Interior, Thursday, released its latest draft rules for the regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands. The new regulations at the federal level are added on top of, and may supersede existing state regulations. The new draft rules offer some additional flexibility, and give credit to states like Wyoming with excellent regulations by providing a process for exemption, or “variance,” from federal regulations. However, there is no assurance that Wyoming will be given an exemption, and it puts the federal government in full command of that decision.
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The Department of the Interior, Thursday, released its latest draft rules for the regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands.  The new regulations at the federal level are added on top of, and may supersede existing state regulations.  The new draft rules offer some additional flexibility, and give credit to states like Wyoming with excellent regulations by providing a process for exemption, or “variance,” from federal regulations.  However, there is no assurance that Wyoming will be given an exemption, and it puts the federal government in full command of that decision.

“The Administration’s rules are a solution in search of a problem,” Rep. Lummis said. “On the very same day they release this rule claiming its necessity, a Department of the Interior representative could not name, when asked under oath, a single state that was doing a poor job of regulating hydraulic fracturing.  In fact, the opposite is true, states are doing an exemplary job.  The Administration comes right out and says that Wyoming is doing excellent work, and I appreciate them finally recognizing that truth.  But then they turn around and require the State to defend its regulations again on perhaps a well by well basis.  How is that efficient?  How is that even logical? The draft rule appears to be yet another attempt by the federal government to unnecessarily expand its reach.”

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