Earlier this year, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) proposed a first draft of what are arguably some of the strongest state regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a process that could be used in the Healy Basin Gas license area. The State of Alaska recently issued a second round of administrative regulations on “fracking.” Many of the changes in the second draft are positive, although much more could be accomplished with these regulations to ensure clean freshwater resources are protected. Notification, confidentiality and enforceability remain concerns, expressed in DCC’s comments on the second round of draft regulations.
To see our first and second-round comments, click below. How AOGCC finally decides to act remains unknown. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks to DCC Board member Hannah Ragland for her strong involvement and incisive comments.