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FEMA announces new hydraulic fracturing policy

from IAEM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on July 6 published a new policy (FP-302-094-03) to provide Hazard Mitigation (HMA) program guidance on subsurface fracturing and horizontal directional drilling (hydraulic fracturing/HDD), designating such activity as a compatible use when it occurs at the subsurface level, or below-ground, for properties acquired for open space with HMA funds. In creating this policy, FEMA considered the practice of hydraulic fracturing/HDD activities and determined that based on the available information, the actions occurring in subsurface layers to extract natural gas or oil are uses that are generally compatible with open space. These actions generally do not increase flood risk or present an obstruction in the floodplain. Additionally, they generally do not obstruct the natural and beneficial floodplain functions. Additional information is posted online. more

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