ODNR official testifies before U.S. House committee in opposition to federal hydraulic fracturing regulations

As one of the state officials from Ohio, Texas and Utah who testified last week before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, Richard Simmers – chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management – said that federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing would amount to an unnecessary "one-size-fits-all approach to oil and gas drilling" and that states are able to effectively, efficiently and economically regulate and respond to their own drilling activities more quickly than the federal government, The Plain Dealer reports. Opponents of this position maintained that the quality of regulation differs greatly from state to state, and that establishing a "uniform oversight over hydraulic fracturing around the country"  would provide a consistent standard that would prevent fifty state legislatures from having to "invent the wheel fifty times," the article said. For more, read the full story.

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