Commission adopts fracking regulations for Nevada

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Updated: 9/01 8:32 am

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies' use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada.

The Commission on Mineral Resources' unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who say fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity.

But supporters say the concerns are exaggerated, and oil and gas development resulting from fracking will provide a boost to Nevada's economy.

The 2013 Legislature passed legislation requiring adoption of fracking regulations by January 2015.

Noble Energy Inc., which is searching for oil in northeastern Nevada, calls the regulations "tough but workable."

But Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada says the governor-appointed commission was stacked with people with ties to "extractive industries" such as oil and mining.


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popadoc - 9/1/2014 3:44 PM
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@TheGumption, and how much money was given to the citizens? Who did it help? Politicians and Big Oil is who it helped. Did gas prices go down in N.D.? No, just the pockets of the fat cats got bigger and the cost and suffering of the little people.

sierra11 - 9/1/2014 10:05 AM
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I like the approach of this idea, sounds to good to be true. But if you are on a well, a contamination could be the last time you drink a glass of water. There are no alarms or automatic testing stations on domestic wells. If hydraulic pressure fractures a aquifer and cross contamination occurs, well it's game over. People will get sick before anyone can figure out what has happened.

TheGumption - 9/1/2014 8:42 AM
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Fracking provided North Dakota with a $1 billion budget surplus and their environment has not blown up as you hear from environmentalist extremism. This is a great opportunity for Nevada and the nation. The United States has more oil reserves in shale than the entire Middle East so this would be a huge game changer. Develop oil and gas resources while also moving to renewables. It's a win-win.

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