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Cramer Statement on Release of Draft Federal Fracking Rule

May 16, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in response to the new draft federal rule on hydraulic fracturing published by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

"As North Dakota’s own Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms accurately pointed out last week in the House Natural Resources Committee, it is simply not possible for the federal government to create its own standard on hydraulic fracturing without interfering with state and local laws. The implementation of this rule would threaten the nature of our thriving energy economy and have punishing consequences on everyone from rig workers to restaurant owners to new college graduates throughout North Dakota. As North Dakota strives to lead the way toward national energy security, I struggle to think of a more harmful regulation for our federal government to pursue.”

The proposed rule would represent the first-ever regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the federal level, and is the second such draft following widespread criticism and comment on the first draft rule published last May.

States are currently responsible for regulating oil and natural gas development related to hydraulic fracturing. An economic analysis conducted by the economics firm John Dunham & Associates estimates a cost of $253,800 per well would be placed on energy producers and consumers if proposed federal hydraulic fracturing rules were implemented.

Cramer serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, which will conduct additional oversight hearings on the new proposed rule in June.