The Hill

Republicans are stepping up political pressure on the White House to back off regulations that will impose new controls on the controversial oil-and-gas development method called hydraulic fracturing.

The Republican Governors Association and the Republican Attorneys General Association, in a letter to Monday to President Obama, allege that the planned Interior Department rules will stymie oil-and-gas production on federal and Indian lands.

"The states, not the federal government, are best positioned to appropriately regulate hydraulic fracturing operations. Current state regulations already provide effective and efficient oversight that is specific to the needs of the states," the letter states, alleging the planned rules will be economically harmful.

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