Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Obama administration approves ALEC model bill for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on public lands

Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, speaks before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in Washington, April 9, 2013.

Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, speaks before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in Washington, April 9, 2013.

WASHINGTON D.C. — “On May 16, the Obama Interior Department announced its long-awaited rules governing hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) on federal lands.

As part of its 171-page document of rules, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI), revealed it will adopt the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill written by ExxonMobil for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on U.S. public lands.

ALEC is a 98-percent corporate-funded bill mill and ‘dating service’ that brings predominantly Republican state legislators and corporate lobbyists together at meetings to craft and vote on ‘model bills‘ behind closed doors. Many of these bills end up snaking their way into statehouses and become law in what Bill Moyers referred to as ‘The United States of ALEC.'”

— Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog

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