Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands.

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday the rescission would take effect Friday.

The rules developed under President Barack Obama would have applied to drilling on federal lands located mainly in the West. They were set to take effect in 2015 but a judge in Wyoming sided with petroleum industry groups and blocked them at the last minute.

In September, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver declined to rule in that case because the Trump administration intended to rescind the rules.

The rules would have required companies to disclose chemicals used in fracking, the process of pumping pressurized water underground to break open hydrocarbon deposits.

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8 comments

  • Laughing Out Loud

    Uh, the judge in Wyoming prevented the unlawful search and seizure of trade secrets. Obama hates the domestic petroleum industry and went out of his way to restrict drilling to barren tracts. I’m glad this abomination is over for good, literally.

    • Shabadoo Simmons

      That’s a hilarious statement since domestic oil exploded during Obama administration. Keep drinking the Breitbart kool-aid.

      We don’t have any right to know what a sacred corporation is putting into our water I guess.

      • Laughing Out Loud

        The oil industry exploded on private land, thank you. Fracking is an old technique that releases oil from porous rock that is otherwise inaccessible, made new with the advent of computers and materials science. The contamination of ground water is a myth, since case pressures in oil and gas wells can exceed 600 PSI and any breach is incredibly destructive (see the movie Hellfighters to understand). I don’t know Breitbart.

        • George Shawnessey

          Laughing Out Loud. Do you think three million dollars is adequate hush money compensation when fracksters contaminate your personal well water? Rumor is that this is the going rate in Texas. Would that be enough for you if you had to sell the ranch that had been in your family for generations?

          • Laughing Out Loud

            Sorry, but that argument “tapped out” years ago. I recall that the director of Gasland was arrested during a Congressional hearing on the subject—so much for credibility. Imagining things will not make them so, as I have grown to (darkly) understand and reset my stewardship. Happy New Year, Everyone !!!