New Federal Fracking Rule a Step Forward on Public Lands

Sportsmen call updated rule an improvement over current practices but say shortcomings remain.

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

WASHINGTON –-( An updated rule regulating hydraulic fracturing practices on federal public lands was welcomed by the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition, which commended the Bureau of Land Management for moving forward with regulations that will improve transparency and the management of all fluids in the drilling process.

The Department of the Interior’s rule establishes safety standards for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and would update current regulations, which are more than 30 years old. The current regulations are outdated and do not address modern fracking activities, including their impacts on water quality and quantity.

“New technologies for extracting oil and gas pose new challenges for conservation of other resources on our public lands,” said Kate Zimmerman, public lands policy director for the National Wildlife Federation. “Fracking fluid waste must be properly contained and water quality must be monitored to avoid negatively impacting fish and wildlife, as well as our water supplies.”

The National Wildlife Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited are lead partners in the SFRED coalition. SFRED has remained actively involved in establishing reasonable safeguards for fish and wildlife and their habitats during public lands energy development activities. To that end the coalition supports requiring companies to disclose the chemicals in fracking fluids both before and after drilling.

“The new rule represents an important step forward for developing energy responsibly on America’s public lands,” said Brad Powell, senior policy director for Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project.

“Disclosure of the chemicals used on public lands is essential. We also believe that providing this information before the wells are developed is a common-sense change that needs to occur to further strengthen the draft regulations.”

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy
Sportsmen For Responsible Energy

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development is a coalition of more than 500 businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to conserving irreplaceable habitats so future generations can hunt and fish on public lands.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the tradition of hunting and fishing. Visit:

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7 years ago

Got to agree with Bill. AmmoLand provides a great service by alerting those of us who follow 2nd Amendment issues to what’s taking place in DC and in the individual states and I appreciate that very much. That being said, it’s hard to maintain any sense of legitimacy when these boiler-plate liberal issues (OOH! big bugaboo, “fracking”) are featured under the guise of “conservation,” when in actuality, they are nothing more than propaganda pieces for the AGW/Green nuts to spew their lies and bad information. This whole fracking issue is much ado about nothing. The studies that the nut-jobs cite… Read more »

7 years ago

I loves me some, but why these questionable, so-called “conservation” groups continually make the front page is beyond me. Trout Unlimited, yes…TRCP, Ducks Unlimited, etc.… Google or Start Page “Ducks Unlimited and supports sportsmen taxes” Google or Start Page “Trout Unlimited and Global Warming” Do a search of these groups top staff, founder’s political persuasions and UN sham topics like sustainability and Climate Change and Smart Growth. Name alone, and corporate financial backing, does not define the true intentions of a group. Very dubious…and the duplicitous are easy to sniff out. Living in a state where every liberal, progressive… Read more »