[Ed. – Another rule that threatened energy independence and leadership bites the dust. Note: a few sites are reporting that the Federal Register update on Friday does include the fracking-rule rescission.]
The Trump administration on Friday will officially repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 fracking rule regulating oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands.
“We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management wrote in a notice that it will rescind the rule, to be published in Friday’s Federal Register.
The Interior Department initially proposed ending the rule in July and wrapped up the comment period in September. …
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Killing the rule has been a top priority of the oil and natural gas industry, as well as Republican lawmakers from Western states.