U.S. Sets 1st Standards For Fracking on Fed Lands

The federal government unveiled the first safety mandates for fracking operations on federal and Indian lands on Friday.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial process that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. Environmentalists say fracking poses health risks.The plan addresses three issues: disclosure of the contents of fracking fluids, rules on how to dispose of the liquids and standards for constructing the wells themselves. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said , "Many of the regulations on the books today haven't kept pace with advances in technology."