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In today’s edition of The Heartland Institute Daily Podcast, Research Fellow Isaac Orr speaks with Jessica Sena. Sena is the communications director at the Montana Petroleum Association. Jessica Sena and Isaac Orr discuss the impact drilling setback regulations and more.
Anti-fracking activists have begun to focus their efforts at the local government level to prevent the spread of fracking. These efforts manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from referendums on banning fracking altogether, or other movements that seek to give municipalities more “local control” to enforce setbacks on drilling activity. These setbacks restrict drilling within a specified distance of an occupied dwelling, a quarter mile for example.
While a quarter mile setback may sound reasonable to the average citizen, these setbacks would have profound negative consequences for energy development in the United States, especially in the wake of the landmark study released by the US EPA that concluded fracking does not lead to widespread or system impacts on drinking water, and that incidences of contamination are rare compared to the number of wells drilled.