Obama Administration to announce new rules on natural gas drilling

Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar announced on October 5 that the Obama administration will soon be announcing new rules governing natural gas drilling on federal lands, according to an article on Fuelfix.com. Administration officials have stated that one of the forthcoming rules may include a requirement forcing oil and gas drillers using the hydraulic fracturing process to disclose all chemicals that they are injecting into the ground. While petroleum industry experts claim that the chemicals used are safe, environmental groups and some Democrats on Capital Hill have raised concerns about the their safety, especially with regard to their possible effects on groundwater. The article also notes that any proposed rule from the administration governing the chemical disclosure of fracking fluids would go through a lengthy deliberative process.

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