The Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed new fracking rules for shale drilling on federal lands back in May 2012 (see BLM Issues Proposed New Rule for Fracking Federal Lands). The drilling industry was quick to react (negatively) against what they view as largely unnecessary and extremely expensive new regulations (see New Fracking Rules for Federal Lands will Cost $1.5B).
Just a few weeks ago, BLM announced they would delay implementing their new rules until sometime this spring, to give them the opportunity to refine the rules first. Apparently they work pretty fast. Yesterday BLM sent a revised draft of their new proposed fracking rules to the Obama White House for review: