New information may soon be required from oil and natural gas drillers in Nebraska.
New information may soon be required from oil and natural gas drillers in Nebraska. Under his bill, state Senator Norm Wallman of Cortland says companies using the process called "fracking" would have to provide more detail about their operations. Wallman says the bill adds elements proposed by the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Sen. Norm Wallman "one resource"
One opponent to Wallman's bill is William Sydow, the director of Nebraska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Sydow says the process of hydraulic fracking has been used in Nebraska since the 1950s.
William Sydow, NOGCC "very benign"
Senator Wallman says his goal is only to make the process more transparent, not to try and say whether fracking is safe -- or not.
The unicameral is considering a bill that would require oil and gas drillers in Nebraska to provide more information about their operations. The bill's author, Senator Norm Wallman of Cortland, says he's not passing judgment on the drilling technique known as fracking.
Wallman "more transparent"
William Sydow, director of Nebraska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, says the panel is in the process of writing new rules on the use of fracking, a process that began in March of last year. Sydow says finalized regulations are expected to be in place sometime this summer.
"United States" Senator Wallman is getting support testimony for his bill from representatives of the Nebraska chapters of the Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.
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