Bureau of Land Management Issues Final Rule for Fracking on Federal and Tribal Lands

9 April 2015
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Key takeaways

  • On March 20, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management issued a final rule regulating drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The rule will take effect on June 24, 2015.
  • The rule is designed to help protect against releases of hazardous substances from fracking operations. Among other things, the rule establishes requirements for fracking requests, well integrity, disclosure of chemicals and storage of recovered fluids.
  • While the requirements only apply to federal and tribal lands, some states may use them in formulating their own fracking regulations.