As fracking increases, lawmakers look to update the rules

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Kentucky Legislature LOW-RES
State lawmakers are trying to upgrade Kentucky’s oil and gas regulations as companies begin exploring deep into the state’s mountains mostly known for their coal deposits.

The House Natural Resources and Environment Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would require companies to notify landowners within 1,000 feet of horizontal fracturing, the drilling process that injects water and chemicals into the ground to break up rocks to reveal oil and gas. The bill would also require companies to disclose what type of chemicals they use.

The bill has been endorsed by state regulators, the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association and at least one environmental advocacy group. But an eastern Kentucky landowner testified she is worried about the effect fracking will have on the environment and urged lawmakers to temporarily ban the practice.