Federal Issue Brief

 Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands (June 17, 2013)


FR Doc No: WO–300–L13100000.FJ0000; Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands; Proposed Rule (June 17, 2013)


Brief Description:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees approximately 700 million subsurface acres of Federal mineral estate and 56 million subsurface acres of Indian mineral estate across the United States. The rule creates a consistent, predictable regulatory framework, in accordance with the BLM’s stewardship responsibilities under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and other statutes, for hydraulic fracturing involving BLM administered lands. The rule is designed to reduce the environmental and health risk that can be posed by hydraulic fracturing operations.

Excerpts from AVMA Response:

Similar to the requirements being proposed that are geared toward protecting the environment and human health and safety, the AVMA urges the BLM to enhance the protection of animal health and safety within the regulatory framework beyond its mere reference of Instruction Memorandum WO–IM–2013–033, which expires in 2014.  Animals – domestic and wild – inhabit BLM and Tribal lands as well as their watersheds; humans rely on such animals for food, fiber, companionship, livelihood, assistance, education, and recreation; and ecosystem health is dependent upon numerous factors including biodiversity of healthy animal populations.  To bridge the issue’s existing knowledge gaps relative to animals, the AVMA supports objective scientific research on extractive industries’ impacts on animal health, foods of animal origin, and the environment.

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