The state’s legislative rulemaking body has unanimously deferred implementation of rules governing hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as “fracking,” in response to concerns raised by industry and environmental groups.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) received proposed fracking rules from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on August 29. However, on September 16 JCAR representatives expressed concerns that the rules exceed the intended scope of the law. The members of the committee asked DNR representatives to revisit the rules, working with lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure the rules comply with the intent of the 2013 hydraulic fracturing legislation.
JCAR is scheduled to meet again on October 14, though it is still unclear if the rules will be finalized at that time.