Gardner to Salazar: Proposed BLM fracking rules
violate state water rights
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) is pushing back on the Bureau of Land Management’s
proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying that they represent a clear violation of state water
laws. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Gardner urges him not to let the BLM duplicate existing
state regulations or encroach on state water authority.
“BLM's proposed rules could overstep their statutory authority over water, threatening all
water right owners and undercutting the current system of state allocation and administration of water
rights,” Gardner wrote. “BLM’s proposal creates federal approvals and mitigations for
water source, water use, and water disposal. The rules give BLM veto authority over water use related
to oil and natural gas development on federal lands, which is entirely inappropriate and an affront to
Colorado system of prior appropriation.”
Also of concern is that BLM’s draft rules could actually discourage water recycling and reuse
during the fracking process, which would be especially damaging to resources in the arid West. Gardner
has always believed that the states, not the federal government, are best suited to manage their own
BLM plans to finalize its rules by the end of the year. Gardner’s bipartisan letter was signed
by 43 members of the House.
To read the full letter, click HERE.
Gardner is a freshman member in the U.S. House of Representatives for Colorado’s 4th Congressional
District. He serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the Subcommittee on Energy
and Power, the Subcommittee on Environment and Economy and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.