Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) was lawmakers’ focus at a September 16 meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). In response to compelling concerns brought forward by industry and environmental groups, the members of the committee were united in their decision to hold off on implementation of hydraulic fracturing 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 those 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.