What agency has jurisdiction over Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in drilling for natural gas and...
Posted Jun 07 2012 12:59pm
What agency has jurisdiction over Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in drilling for natural gas and oil, the EPA or DOE or who?
Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.
Hydraulic fracturing involves the high-pressure injection of substances into already drilled oil and gas wells in order to fracture the underground formations holding the oil or gas.
Individual states regulate fracturing that occurs within their borders, and they have different rules over the use of the process. According to a Congressional Research Service report dated April 10, 2012, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Issues,” numerous states are reviewing or have revised their oil and gas rules to address the increased use of hydraulic fracturing.
As for federal government regulation, the Safe Drinking Water Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to regulate fracturing only when diesel fuel is used in the process. Currently, the EPA is performing a long term study on fracturing and how it may impact drinking water. The study should be finished late this year.