``The BLM's draft rule on fracking is a step in the right direction and begins to address concerns about the potential impacts of drilling and the handling of drilling fluids on the lands that are key to the West's water supplies, fish and wildlife,'' said Brad Powell, energy director for Trout Unlimited's Sportsmen's Conservation Project.
WASHINGTON - Three bills intended to expand and speed up energy development on public lands could have the opposite effect by repealing common-sense reforms that have reduced conflicts, Brad Powell, energy director for Trout Unlimited and spokesman for Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, said in a congressional hearing Thursday.
told a U.S. House subcommittee that hunting and angling groups have worked with the industry and federal agencies to strike a balance between development and conservation of public lands.
Balance is essential to sustaining the quality of hunting and angling opportunities and the $76 billion those activities generate nationwide annually, Powell
told the House Natural Resources Committee
, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.