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ACC Comments on BLM's Proposed Rules for Natural Gas Production on Public Lands


Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512  
Email: Jennifer_Scott@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 4, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of proposed rules covering natural gas production on public lands.

“We are reviewing BLM’s proposed rules, which will play a part in whether the nation capitalizes on a once-in-a-generation opportunity provided by shale gas,” said Cal Dooley, ACC President and CEO. “Abundant natural gas is a gift to the U.S. economy, helping to strengthen our manufacturing base and create jobs. Appropriate regulations and policies will be critical to ensure robust, responsible production.

“We are committed to transparency in disclosure of the chemical ingredients of hydraulic fracturing solutions, subject to protection of proprietary information. Upon initial review, BLM’s disclosure provisions appear to be consistent with state requirements we support, such as those in Colorado and Texas. We are also glad BLM is working with the Ground Water Protection Council to align its reporting requirements with fracfocus.org, the chemical disclosure registry. These steps support the proposal’s call for a ‘consistent oversight and disclosure model that will work in concert with other regulators’ requirements.’

“The President’s recent executive order said ‘states are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities,’ and we agree. Many states are paving the way in developing regulations. As we review BLM’s proposed rules in more detail, we will look for whether they duplicate existing state regulations, which would create additional barriers that slow permitting and raise production costs. Higher energy costs would discourage U.S. investment and prevent new job creation in our industry.”

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