Review of state fracking rules finds lots of gaps
As shale gas and oil development has taken off, state officials and some prominent industry representatives have told Washington to keep its hands off an area they want left to state regulation. A new study of state rules for hydraulic fracturing highlights a dilemma on this front, however. On a number of crucial safety issues, many state rules are applied well by well, hampering comprehensive assessments. In some cases, there is no state regulation at all.