Congressman Steve Daines today released the following statement in response to the Department of Interior's newly proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands:
"This rule is just another component in the Obama administration's ongoing attack on American energy production. This is a duplicative and unnecessary regulation that will exasperate the drilling permit delays in Montana and impose new barriers to responsible energy development in our state, in turn hindering job creation and much needed revenue to support our schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure. Montana already has strong rules for hydraulic fracturing in place. We've shown time and time again that states--not the federal government--are best equipped to regulate hydraulic fracturing and address the unique needs that each state has. The Obama administration's rule is yet another barrier to job creation and serves as nothing more than a "one-size-fits-none' solution to a problem that doesn't exist."
Last week, Daines called on Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to step back from the proposed rule, expressing concern that the proposed rule would negatively impact the current and future economic development in Montana.