Local & Regional
7:53 am
Wed March 30, 2011

EPA Regs will Hurt Says Governor

Norman, OK – Fallin, leaders want EPA to back off regulations

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin is concerned about Environmental Protection Agency regulations she says are hurting Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry.

Fallin spoke to energy producers and students Tuesday during a conference at the University of Oklahoma, promising them she'd do everything she could to fight what many in the industry see as burdensome regulations.

She told The Associated Press she's for "fair" and "reasonable" regulations in such areas as hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells and regional haze but fears the EPA's current efforts will hurt oil and gas production and the manufacturing sector in Oklahoma.

Harold Hamm, the CEO of Enid-based Continental Resources Inc., also spoke at the conference and says the federal government should stop boosting one form of energy over another.