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Fracking Regs Appear Headed for Final Approval at State Capitol

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  Additional regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - appear headed for legislative approval in Frankfort. Supporters of the measure include members of the oil and gas industry. 

A group of farmers, environmental activists, and members of the oil and gas industry have worked together on the bill for months. Andrew McNeil with Kentucky's Oil and Gas Association called it, "consensus legislation."

"They're regulations that we think meet the needs of protecting the environment, but it's not gonna be something that will create an impediment to investment," McNeil said.

McNeil said there is interest in deep shale development in eastern Kentucky. He said the job potential is significant.

Tom Fitzgerald with the Kentucky Resources Council says passage of this bill wouldn't mean a major increase in fracking.

"The precipitous decline in the cost of natural gas means that that production will be slowing, not increasing," Fitzgerald said. "This will not pave the way for more hydraulic fracking." 

Fitzgerald said the bill requires pre and post water quality testing, and extends the requirement for a reclamation plan to all oil and gas operations.

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.
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