Interior secretary: State fracking oversight just isn’t good enough for me

posted at 2:01 pm on June 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There are few things that can make me quite as outrageously perturbed as the unmitigated gall of a big-government bureaucrat presuming that he knows better than everybody else. I often make the case that when it comes to energy-and-environment issues specifically, big government is an especially poor steward in which to place your environmental faith, as inefficiency and incomplete knowledge tend to compromise their many “well-meaning” activities and instead directly cause environmental degradation. And hey, here’s a perfect example of just the sort of infuriating, unadulterated baloney I’m talking about, straight from Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the administration’s upcoming fracking regulations.

State level oversight of hydraulic fracturing or fracking is not sufficient and criticism leveled at the Obama administration for its proposed rules is not valid, Salazar told Reuters in an interview. …

“There are some who are saying that it’s not something we ought to do, it should be left up to the states. That’s not good enough for me because states are at very different level, some have zero, some have decent rules.”

The Obama administration unveiled long-awaited rules in May to bolster oversight on public lands of oil and natural gas drilling using fracking technology, running into criticism it was creating a duplicate layer of bureaucracy and infringing on states’ rights. …

“Shale gas has provided the United States the opportunity to have 100 years of supply that is domestically produced. If we are going to develop natural gas from shale, it has to be done in a safe and responsible manner,” Salazar said…

Yes, Secretary Salazar — because those stupid, shortsighted states couldn’t possibly have their own best interests at heart, and couldn’t possibly possess the knowledge to steward their own resources, and couldn’t possibly survive without your completely dispassionate federal wisdom. Please, condescend to tell everyone what to do and apply the same top-down prescription to every individual situation so we can all sleep more soundly at night, not having to worry about figmental ecological emergencies.

The Obama administration is constantly justifying their ever-increasing regulatory agenda by claiming that “we need to make sure things are being done in a safe and responsible manner.” But has the federal government ever been able to prove that states are not able to effectively handle their own fracking business? No, the federal government merely needs to placate the powerful, well-monied, frack-hating environmental lobby.

They really are stuck between a rock and hard place on issues like fracking and the Keystone pipeline — how to make it look like they support private-sector projects that would undeniably bring much-needed jobs and economic growth to the country, but avoid rousing the ire of the highly vocal green movement? But nothing justifies their power-grab-happy tendency to undermine federalism at every available turn.


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Rick Perry had it about right. Forget that he forgot, and had only three. He should have had a longer list. With rampant spending, and our freedoms under attack, get rid of the Dept of Interior and the EPA. Consolidate some functions in other agencies. Dump NASA, get a new space agency without the climate change and muslim outreach baggage. End the Dept of Education, Dept of Homeland Security (promote illegal immigration is its function?). And many other depts, I’m forgetting them just now !!!!!!!!!!

anotherJoe on June 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Thanks for everything.

Lightswitch on June 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

You are very welcome. You doin’ O.K.? It’ll take a while.

a capella on June 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

+1. I agree that it’s a big fracking deal for the fluking Demonrats.

Gladtobehere on June 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Salazar flunked fracking. He and his boss should get the flunk out of here.

OneVision on June 26, 2012 at 2:34 P

How the fluke do you flunk fracking?

I’m 1000% in agreement with you that these flunkies of fracking failure need to go.

Gladtobehere on June 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Frack’em all!

txag92 on June 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Yes, get rid of the Dept of Interior, flat out. It’s just become a leftist front to promote land and property rights grabs to support the econuts. End it. And give Perry a break. There’s so many depts that it can hard to keep at all upstairs in one moment. Consolidate and streamline. Worse is California!!! Here’s my wuwt comment on the Spending / Govt Agency Gone Wild California:
@Chuck Nolan. Where did the California get a half-a-million dollars?
CA says: when in doubt, spend, and spend some more. There’s no end to CA lunacy, as sales taxes are already through the roof, and now they’re asking to raise it higher still, and, just to reinforce their reputation as the most anti-business / anti-success state, slap the “rich” job-creators with additional punitive taxes. Probably 75% of CA’s spending could be just slashed right off the barrel, as the public unions are taking dollars by the truckload, and the mess of inane govt agencies just spends $ like it’s water. Here’s a list of CA agencies, it’s insane (remember, we also have federal agencies, and local govt, this is just CA state): http://www.centerforsmallgovernment.com/small-government-news/california-state-government-agencies/
There’s an initiative to raise taxes further that is being put to a public vote. It’s time the public stands up and says “enough is enough,” they can’t threaten funding for public schools if they don’t get more taxes; instead, just go to the link that I provided, and cut out half those agencies, or the bloated unaccountable funding for them, and cut the public unions.

anotherJoe on June 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Jabberwock on June 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I don’t trust the Feds at all. My posts were really attempting to show what I think is a failure in logic on the left’s part. They are saying don’t trust government to handle this right, but trust government to handle it right. It’s obviously a naked power grab. But that’s the norm for this administration.

Flange on June 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

They just chant “All of the above” then keep on doing whatever they want.

Knott Buyinit on June 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

They mean “all of the above ground” because we are supposed to power America with solar panels and windmills, they have even turned sour on hydro power.

Brian1972 on June 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Very clever, and true.

Fallon on June 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Big hat, no cattle

Ditkaca on June 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Macro econ for everyone:
If you cannot grow it you must mine it.
Math IS hard.
Once you get past the calculus sequence and into differential equations or linear algebra you do not see ANY students outside of the core sciences & engineering. And when you get beyond differential equations and advanced engineering mathematics, e.g. Number Theory, Advanced Calculus, you only see physics students and the math majors.
Only the serious Econ majors in the ODE class my day.

… the difference between a chiksan and a crossover? (good one)
Salazar wouldn’t know a gate valve from a ball valve.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodos? (Who will watch the watchers?)
It is us my friends.

Missilengr on June 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The farther away the control, the greater the corruption. Worse, the farther away the control, the less anyone can do to correct the insanity that without any doubt is sure to follow. Just look at your local school systems for all the proof needed… Thank Jimmy Carter (D) for destroying America’s education system (US Dept. of Education). We will have Barack Obumbo (D) to thank for destroying America’s … well, just about everything is being destroyed so take your pick.

aposematic on June 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

we could just redraw the map and call it “Obamaland”.

Is that good enough for you?

Well, yeah, pretty much. Obama is already acting like the entire nation is his to do with as he pleases. Don’t let any state cross him. He’ll make it pay for that disrespectful mistake.

There’s an initiative to raise taxes further that is being put to a public vote. It’s time the public stands up and says “enough is enough,”

A poll was released last week, I believe, stating that the majority of California voters questioned, actually approve of and will vote for Brown’s tax raising initiatives. I really don’t know if enough CA voters realize yet that “enough is already too much” with Sacramento pols, dems in particular.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Hmm, anyone want to guess which states will have an easier time getting projects approved by Heir Salazar versus those where the applications will be immediately filed straight into the round recepticle?

smfic on June 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Obviously, he doesn’t believe the States will act in the best interests of their citizens. And whatever the States do, “it won’t be good enough for him.”

Of course, only the federal government knows what is good enough for people, because they’ve been to Harvard.

I am so tired of the liberal verbal diarrhea. If they have all the answers, then why are the cities and states they’ve controlled for decades not the utopias they promise? Why, instead, are they dystopias of despair and gloom? Just asking.

Vote the liberal progressives out in November.

BMF on June 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Rick Perry had it about right. Forget that he forgot, and had only three. He should have had a longer list. With rampant spending, and our freedoms under attack, get rid of the Dept of Interior and the EPA. Consolidate some functions in other agencies. Dump NASA, get a new space agency without the climate change and muslim outreach baggage. End the Dept of Education, Dept of Homeland Security (promote illegal immigration is its function?). And many other depts, I’m forgetting them just now !!!!!!!!!!

anotherJoe on June 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Well in the follow up email from the Perry Campaign, they said if he can’t remember them then that is proof their are far too many agencies!

I think we should combine CIA, FBI, DEA, ICE, and give them all combined jurisdiction, just different focuses with the agency. This way if a Drug specialist catches an illegal, he can make the arrest. If the FBI is tailing someone outside the country, he can do whatever he needs to finish his investigation without worrying about jurisdiction. Also, it would be nice if they could share some real estate instead of each org having it’s own expensive building.

jeffn21 on June 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

a capella on June 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I’m hanging in there. You’re help was invaluable, providing peace of mind.

Lightswitch on June 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

oops, your

Lightswitch on June 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

All Obama minions (Salazar case in point) need to keep standing in front of a microphone and opening their mouth. The more that the average uninformed voters hear them speak the better for all of us. I do believe more and more non-progressives are getting the clue that Obama is dangerous and disgusting.

sdbatboy on June 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Please Mitt, run these self-writing ads in the OH and PA.

“That natural gas boom, Ohio, that you are experiencing–not in a second Obama term.” Same for PA as well.

mwbri on June 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

these unmitigated idiots merely need a punch in the nose.

ultracon on June 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

jeffn21 on June 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

ATF! How many ATF screwups do we have to live through before we realize it’s time to euthanize the monster? Send A & T back to Commerce, and F & E to the FBI. Fire everyone that worked F&F in AZ, FL and TX and was not a whistleblower.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Once you get past the calculus sequence and into differential equations or linear algebra you do not see ANY students outside of the core sciences & engineering. And when you get beyond differential equations and advanced engineering mathematics, e.g. Number Theory, Advanced Calculus, you only see physics students and the math majors.
Only the serious Econ majors in the ODE class my day.

My eyes glazed over just trying to read that.

Night Owl on June 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

It’s not enough just to get rid of Obama and the Czars and Cabinet people, the lefty middle managers and worker bees need to be rooted out too. One of Bush’s mistakes was leaving so many of the Clinton people in their jobs. They all need to be re-interviewed and weeded out.

Night Owl on June 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

So Salazar is going to over-ride state regulations on private land? On what basis? Using what laws?

theCork on June 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Somewhere in Colorado’s San Lewis Valley a ewe is lonely.

WestTexasBirdDog on June 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

So Salazar is going to over-ride state regulations on private land? On what basis? Using what laws?

On the basis that Obama can order his admin and bureaucratic minions to do whatever he wants them do using whatever laws, imagined or real, Obama wants obeyed. All federal law begins and ends with Obama, The Law Giver, and apply to every state, entity and person in the nation, don’t you know.

hawkeye54 on June 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Yes, political appointee lawyers should always make geological decisions.

oh, wait

Wallythedog on June 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

So Salazar is going to over-ride state regulations on private land? On what basis? Using what laws?

Basis: makes enviro’s feel good

Laws: Laws? what an antiquated idea that the Obama regime follow the rule of law.

Wallythedog on June 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Well, Salazar, federal oversight simply means more useless and costly bureaucracy.

A state has a vested interest in providing safe and ecologically sound practices.

onlineanalyst on June 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You’ll be gone soon. So there is that.

Bmore on June 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

My mom had a great story about govt bureaucratic inefficiency. During the War she worked for the Navy Dept. Her task was to receive the reports that newly commissioned vessels had been crewed, fitted out, shook down. She then forwarded these reports to the appropriate command that the vessel was ready to deploy to a forward area. One day she was reading the weekly list of sinkings and found two names that seemed very familiar. She returned to her desk and found the reports that both ships had completed their fitting out and shakedowns and were ready for assignment. The reports had reached her desk about a week after each vessel had been sunk by enemy action. She saw this happen more than a few times in the next year.

xkaydet65 on June 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

We were told yesterday by the SC that state’s are no longer considered sovereign, so what’s the big surprise today that the regime is saying the same thing. They are the rulers over us, so get used to it, serfs.

Kissmygrits on June 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

We need to organize a protest for this bunghole, where for one week every state in the union secedes and kicks every fed representing butt nugget back to washington, and ignores every single top down dictate from this idi amin wannabee.

Maybe we should just make the protest last until January 21st and cordon off D.C., not letting a single fed-monger out of the area until then.

Wolfmoon on June 26, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Anyone concerned about the issue in the first place is a complete fracking idiot!

The practice has been in use for decades, has been repeatedly tested, examined, and researched, and poses NO threat to groundwater at all. PERIOD.

Want to help the Earth? Use “environmentalists” as organic fertilizer.

Adjoran on June 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

ALL the Administration is interested in is gaining more power over energy. That’s it.

Adjoran on June 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

The alternative is local control. Take it from this resident of Culver City, California — you don’t want that. Our City Council is being badgered by environmentalists to ban fracking within the city’s limits, and, being peopled entirely by Democrats, will probably cave. Our local Democratic Assemblywoman has just introduced a bill to ban fracking in California, period.

Even in the microsphere, Culver City sits on top of 10% of the Baldwin Hills oil field, and a fracking ban on that 10% may turn into a fracking ban on 100%, depending on where the resulting lawsuits go.

Better for a unified position on the technology, which I think the Government is far more capable of making than my little city’s Council.

unclesmrgol on June 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Interior secretary: State fracking oversight just isn’t good enough for me

…to some of the states…he didn’t use the word fracking!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on June 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

This is one evil man. NOt only does he do this but he is also the mastermind of killing and getting rid of our wild horses in cruel roundups. one going on now during the time mare’s will be having their foals. Helicopters running them in over 100 degrees heat, killing some. them put in pens in mid west to the tune on millions of tax payer dollars. Reason why– cattle grazing. Seems they wanat the cows and money instead of our horses. these horses were given land by congress in the 1970′s but that doesn t mean anything to this evil administration and Ken Salazar. I hope he rots in hell.

Bullhead on June 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Based upon the precedent set by the president and his administration, states should simply choose not to enforce any regulations inflicted by the EPA.

AZfederalist on June 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM

When bureaucrats crack the Federal whip all are meant to assume the position and politely ask for another. This is how latter day Americans have been conditioned. I see no eveidence that Congresscritters will grow a set or that states will openly defy Federal overreach or that citizens to a large degree are enraged enough. So I guess the tolerance for more and bigger government is yet to be tested. This is the world we live in now.

insidiator on June 27, 2012 at 7:44 AM

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