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LCV Statement on Fracking Rule from Department of Interior

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Willett, (202) 454-4598 or david_willett@lcv.org

March 20, 2015  

WASHINGTON, DC: League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Representative Madeleine Foote released this statement in response to the publication of the Department of Interior’s final rule governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands:   

“This is an important step forward in regulating fracking, a process which has concerned communities across the country. Many aspects of this rule, such as stricter requirements for well construction and disposal of flowback water, reflect the urgent need to minimize the risks posed by fracking. However, we remain disappointed with some provisions like continued reliance on the  industry-run website FracFocus for disclosure of toxic chemicals, and the lack of a ban on fracking in our most treasured spaces. While this proposal has improved from previous versions, it represents a missed opportunity to set a high bar for protections that would truly increase transparency and reduce the impacts to our air, water, public lands, and communities by the oil and gas industry.”

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