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Cracked: 15 Things to Know About Gas, Money and Power

By Eric Roston and Tom Randall - 2014-02-21T13:10:53Z

Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Regulations Are Coming

Who’s in charge? States pretty much run the show today, with vastly differing standards. Even federal laws like the Clean Air Act are largely left to states to enforce. There’s not even a national requirement to disclose chemicals used in the fracking process or left behind in wastewater pools. 

New federal rules are pending from the U.S. Department of Interior regulating fracking on public lands. Meanwhile, a dozen governors are pushing for states, not the federal government, to have the final say. 

City, state and federal governments have all stepped up their scrutiny of fracking. The question is, will governments at all levels find the right balance that protects the earth and air while still allowing this powerful new industry to thrive?