“[fracking] isn’t inherently a bad idea, it just can’t be unregulated."

Bill Nye

We’re not aware of anyone who thinks hydraulic fracturing should be unregulated – which is why fracking is subject to extensive regulations. In Texas for example, which is the largest oil and gas producing state in the country, producers must file permits on a number of things such as air quality controls and equipment reliability with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Railroad Commission of Texas before a job can even begin. From there, producers must adhere to regulations on fracking fluid disclosure, site safety, emissions, pipeline use and storage, as well as a number of other requirements set in place by agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Not to mention, operators must adhere to local regulations and file proper permits with city hall and local authorities, and also face additional regulatory oversight from the state lands office (if applicable) and U.S. Bureau of Land Management when producing on state and federally owned lands. Considering the number of agencies, regulators and paperwork operators must deal with before fracking, the process is far from unregulated.

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