12 governors launch bipartisan effort to promote state regulatory authority over oil and gas drilling

Governors from 12 states have formed a bipartisan group to promote states as the "primary and appropriate regulators" of oil and gas drilling, Bloomberg News reports. The States First initiative is composed of Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, and is a "partnership between the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and the Ground Water Protection Council, organizations that represent energy-producing states and their regulators." States First plans no formal lobbying. Its costs are "paid by the commission, which is funded by fees from member states based on oil and gas production," the article said. For more, read the full story.

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