County to BLM: Get rid of Obama’s fracking regs

The Mesa County Commission on Monday urged the Bureau of Land Management to drop its Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.

The commission voted to send a letter to the agency urging that the 2015 rules adopted by the federal agency be dropped.

Colorado’s state rules and regulations are sufficient to deal with the development of oil and gas on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, the commission said in its letter.

“We concur with the Department of Interior’s findings that the 2015 final rule ‘unnecessarily burdens industry with compliance costs and information requirements that are duplicative of regulatory programs of many states and some tribes,’ ” the commission wrote to the BLM.

The letter comes on the heels of a federal appellate ruling that found the federal regulation to be illegal, citing the fact that the BLM already was moving to rescind the rule.

The county also cited the importance of leaving regulation to Colorado and other states as appropriate, “rather than imposing duplicative regulations at the federal level where state rules and regulations are adequate.”

Mesa County, as the regional economic center of western Colorado and eastern Utah, stands to be affected by the federal rule, which the commission said in its original opposition to the regulation could be a hindrance to the regional economy.


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