Trump Rolls Back Fracking Protections on Federal Lands

Proposes to Remove Safeguards for Drinking Water, Communities

WASHINGTON – The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today proposed withdrawing common sense rules for fracking operations on public and tribal lands that would have provided some additional protections for drinking water, public health and the environment.

The rules were finalized in 2015 but had been stayed in federal court.

The following is a statement from Amy Mall, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This administration is sacrificing our public lands and neighboring communities to the oil and gas industry. While these rules still fall far short of what’s needed to reduce impacts from fracking, they would have provided some much-needed steps to better safeguard drinking water supplies, public health and the environment. This is just one more example of where this administration’s loyalties lie: with industry and polluters, not the people.”


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