Some of the complaints about permitting gas companies to use hydraulic fracturing chemicals to extract natural gas from the earth center around concerns that there will not be enough regulation of the industry. However, many state governments and federal lawmakers are working to ensure that does not happen.
The Business Journal Daily reports that a specially appointed federal advisory board defines fracking without government regulation as creating a “real risk of serious environmental consequences.”
The Energy Advisory Board Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production is working to avoid that situation, and has created several recommendations to prevent fracking earthquakes and other negative side effects. The suggestions included full disclosure of what hydraulic fracturing chemicals are used and cutting down on air emissions.
“We believe that if these recommendations are implemented, and there is responsible management of shale gas production, then the country will be able to enjoy the tremendous benefits,” said John Deutch, subcommittee chairman and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as quoted by the source.
Many local lawmakers have pushed to make drilling regulation the responsibility of the states where they operate. In a Toledo Blade editorial, the authors call for “reasonable but effective rules to govern fracking, which will protect the environment while enabling the state to benefit from exploration and production of its resources.”
Sources: Toledo Blade and Business Journal