Interior Department Bows to Pressure from Oil and Gas Industry, Weakens Fracking Rules

EcoWatch: The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed an updated set of rules governing hydraulic fracturing, on public lands today. The controversial oil and gas development technique--in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force oil and gas from underground deposits--has been linked to air and water pollution and public health problems. “Comparing today’s rule governing fracking on public lands with the one proposed......

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