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Eagle Ford: Craddick: Texas should be exempt from proposed hydraulic fracturing rules
AUSTIN -- Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick has urged the federal Bureau of Land Management to exempt Texas and other states that are already effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing from the bureau’s proposed rules for federal and Indian lands.
Craddick notes that since 2012, all of the increases in oil and gas production have been on non-federal lands. A March 2013 Congressional Research Service report demonstrates that since 2007, production of natural gas on federal lands fell by 33 percent, while production on state and private lands grew by 40 percent.
Additionally, states are much more efficient in permitting drilling, Craddick said.
“For example, in Texas, an operator generally may obtain a drilling permit in two to five days. Other states have similar permit processing timeframes,” Craddick said. “I understand that BLM currently takes 180-290 days to process an application for a permit to drill.”
Craddick said BLM has failed to note any state with insufficient hydraulic fracturing regulations in place.
Craddick said, “I strongly believe that the proposal will discourage oil and gas production on federal lands in Texas and elsewhere, resulting in a missed opportunity to reduce the staggering national debt and our nation’s reliance on foreign oil.”
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