BLM Says Fracking|to Use ‘Best Practices’

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The Bureau of Land Management has proposed what it says is a modernized version of its management of well stimulation activities, including hydraulic fracturing, to ensure that fracturing operations conducted on public and Indian lands follow certain best practices.


The rules include “split estate” fracking, in which the Federal Government owns the subsurface mineral estate.
     The best practices mentioned include: (1) The public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands; (2) confirmation that wells used in fracturing operations meet appropriate construction standards; and (3) a requirement that operators put in place appropriate plans for managing flowback waters from fracturing operations.
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