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New fracking rules draw industry lawsuit, Congressional ire

from Houston Chronicle

The Obama administration recently issued the first federal mandates governing hydraulic fracturing on public land, triggering an immediate lawsuit from oil industry groups and a pledge by congressional Republicans to undo the regulation. The measure from the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management updates 30-year-old drilling regulations, requiring companies to disclose the chemicals they use and to store waste water in tanks instead of open pits. It also lays out mandates for verifying the integrity of wells on public land and for conducting the hydraulic fracturing process. more

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