#1 Top Obama energy aide: 'Fracking' rules coming by year's end
06-26-2012, 08:57 AM
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A senior White House official said Monday that regulations to toughen oversight of oil-and-gas “fracking” on federal lands are on track despite a two-month extension of the public comment period announced last week.
Heather Zichal, the top White House energy aide, told reporters that she expects the Interior Department rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, dubbed fracking, to be completed by year’s end.
An Interior department spokesman offered the same forecast Friday. But the comments from a senior White House official could help ease jitters among environmentalists, who fear the extension of the comment period, until mid-September, on the draft rules could set back the measure.
“We are committed to doing the rule and we are committed to finalizing it,” Zichal told reporters after remarks at the think tank NDN.
Advocates of tougher “fracking” oversight will have their eyes on the calendar, especially if President Obama loses the White House to Mitt Romney, his GOP rival.
Romney has accused the White House of creating unnecessary regulations, and his campaign tells The Hill that Romney does not support Interior’s rules.
The decision to grant a two-month extension followed a push by oil-and-gas industry groups — who oppose plans for new federal regulation — and several states for more time to weigh in on rules proposed in draft form in May.
Zichal cast the extension as a positive step toward crafting final rules.
“I think we saw and heard some issues both from the environmental community, from the industry side, and we need a little bit more time to look at those issues and allow them to engage in this process, and I think the more people are allowed to engage in the process we will be able to end up with a better rule,” she said at NDN, a left-leaning think tank.
06-26-2012, 09:20 AM
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Unless something changes, the EPA and other regulators are going to have their way with preventing fracking. Fracking was recently made illegal in Vermont. But fracking never existed in Vermont in the first place since Vermont is not known to have natural gas and oil deposits.
On a recent episode of Rizzoli and Isles, I heard Rizzoli scream, "What?! They're fracking?! That's illegal!" That's nonsense, of course.
It will be a fight and environmentalists will never give up.
06-26-2012, 07:51 PM
I stopped watching the TV show CSI (the original) when the target of the story line was a top level whopper about the evils of fracing (the correct spelling. There is no 'k' in there.)It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
Originally Posted by Carol
06-27-2012, 10:19 AM
I'm so sick of the jack booted fed thugs trying to control everything in our life. No wonder our cost of energy is so high and the economy is in such a shambles. I'm even sicker of the MSM preaching to us through their "regular" tv series, not only through their preachy specials about the evil of ______ (fill in the blank).
" To the world you are just one more person, but to a rescued pet, you are the world."
"A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!"
06-27-2012, 11:10 AM
Last edited by Bailey; 06-27-2012 at 11:20 AM.
06-27-2012, 11:11 AM
If we could just export liberalism to enemy nations ...
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
06-27-2012, 11:49 AM
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The word, I'm sure, came from 'fracturing', so I expect retread has the inside track (trac?) on how it is to be spelled.
So I looked it up.
Surprise, surprise! Dictionary.com spelled it fracking. I think it is going to be one of those words that will evolve, and in the end it will be spelled however the majority wish to spell it. To me, 'fracing' just looks wrong, but then so does thought, through, trough, drought, and a whole bunch of other words in the English dictionary. Thank God (sometimes) for spell check. Which, BTW, just underlined in red my word 'fracking' but also underlined fracing.
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