Oklahoma Senate passes bill preventing local hydraulic fracturing bans

Associated Press

Oklahoma Senate passes bill preventing local hydraulic fracturing bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would be unable to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process also known as fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

The Oklahoma Senate voted 33-13 on Thursday for the measure, which also prohibits local bans on wastewater disposal.

Republican Sen. Bryce Marlatt of Woodward says the bill would ensure Oklahoma doesn't have a "patchwork of different standards" for oil and gas drilling across the state. He says regulation of oil and gas activities would remain with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Cities and towns would still be able to adopt rules and regulations concerning road use, noise, odors and setbacks and fencing requirements for oil and gas well sites.

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