More than 14,000 AFP Activists comment on Bureau of Land Management Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation
In response to the Obama administration’s proposed regulation of oil and natural gas fracturing on federal and Indian lands, AFP submitted the following comment:
August 22, 2012
Department of the Interior
Director Robert Abbey
Docket No. BLM-2012-0001
RIN No. 1004-AE26
Bureau of Land Management
To Whom it May Concern,
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a free market non-profit organization that is committed to educating and engaging grassroots citizen activists to advocate for smaller government, lower taxes and free enterprise. We believe that the free market is and always has been the best path to prosperity. Currently, AFP has over 2.1 million activists in all 50 states, including our 34 state chapters and affiliate states.
In regards to Docket No. BLM-2012-0001, RIN No. 1004-AE26, the 14,293 AFP activists listed below submit the following comment:
Dear Director Abbey,
As one of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you not to finalize this regulation. Hydraulic fracturing is a safe technique for extracting commercial amounts of natural gas and oil out of shale rock. It has been used for more than 60 years without even a single case of water contamination!
This industry has the potential to provide long-term, value-creating jobs to tens of thousands of unemployed Americans. Just look at North Dakota, where thanks to hydraulic fracturing on state and private lands the state has the lowest unemployment rate and fastest growing economy in the nation!
Natural gas and oil production have seen a boom over the last five years thanks to hydraulic fracturing. Our country is in desperate need of affordable energy. The price of natural gas is getting lower and lower; it has dropped by almost 1/3 since 2008 thanks to hydraulic fracturing! Access to affordable energy will allow this nation to bring manufacturing and production jobs back to the U.S.
Considering hydraulic fracturing’s amazing track record in the areas of safety, energy production, and job creation, the Bureau of Land Management should abandon this unnecessary and overly burdensome regulation.