May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, made the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s (DOI) re-proposal of the Hydraulic Fracturing (HF) rule, which would apply to the process when it occurs on federal lands.
"The release of BLM's new HF rule is unnecessary," said Inhofe. "While it blesses the FracFocus system for chemical disclosure, this rule remains duplicative of the excellent efforts being done by states to regulate the process. States have been effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing since its first use in Duncan, Oklahoma in 1949. Since then, over one million wells have been fracked and there has not been a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination in that time. There is no need for the federal government to get involved in this process."