Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Fracking Standards?

New recommendations for natural gas drilling may be coming from the federal level.
The report also called for companies to eliminate diesel fuel from their fracking fluid because it includes carcinogenic chemicals, and for companies and regulators to disclose the full list of ingredients used in fracking.

It could be years before any of these recommendations are set in place, if at all.  Anything asked of energy companies will be seen as anti-business.  And our own congressman would prefer that states handle any and all oversight of energy companies.  LaredoTejas noted what Henry Cuellar's real motivation is.

Local taxing entities appreciate the revenue that the Eagle Ford Shale play has generated; It has helped cushion the blow amidst budget shortfalls.  But they want more, or at least the city does.  Mayor Salinas appeared on KLDO's newscast sounding like he would like to have drilling sites set up closer to home.  Good for him, maybe.  I'm just glad that I don't live in north Laredo.

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