In Case You Missed It: Obama Administration Official Says Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

In Case You Missed It: Obama Administration Official Says Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

January 02, 2015

President Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently told KQED that local and regional bans on fracking are “the wrong way to go.”  According to KQED:

President Obama’s chief custodian of federal lands says local and regional bans on fracking are taking regulation of oil and gas recovery in the wrong direction.

“I would say that is the wrong way to go,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told KQED in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s going to be very difficult for industry to figure out what the rules are if different counties have different rules.”

The recent move by New York to extend a statewide ban does not set especially well with Jewell, who, as a former petroleum engineer, has hands-on experience with fracking.

“There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it and I think there needs to be more science.”

“What we need is sound science that is driving our decision-making,” Jewell said, “and as a regulator that is exactly what we’re relying on as we are looking at releasing our own fracking regulations, which are out for public comment.”

To read this story in its entirety, visit: http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2015/01/02/interior-secretary-local-fracking-bans-are-wrong-way-to-go/

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