The regulations were introduced to protect the environment from earthquakes and polluted water, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stating that they were needed in states that aren't doing an adequate job regulating the industry.
The new regulations will mean increased costs for fracking and delays that they feel are unecessary, especially since they maintain that there is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing really poses a threat of the dangers that the regulations are being created to protect people from.
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