BLM Releases Final Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations
V&E Shale Insights — Tracking Fracking E-communication, March 25, 2015
On March 20, 2015, the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a much-anticipated final rule regulating hydraulic fracturing activities on Federal and Indian lands. The final rule includes new well-bore integrity requirements, imposes standards for interim storage of recovered waste fluids, and requires notifications and waiting periods for key parts of the fracturing process, which could lead to delays in fracturing and/or drilling operations. The rule also mandates disclosure of the chemicals used in the process, which can be done via the industry-supported FracFocus website. The rule will take effect 90 days after it is eventually published in the Federal Register. Read the entire article here.