Houston Chronicle

The federal government is still wading through more than a million public comments filed on its plan to tighten standards for drilling on public lands, with "no date certain" for finalizing those mandates, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday.

Although it would apply only on public land under the Interior Department's control, the proposal would be the first major federal rule governing the hydraulic fracturing technology now being used to harvest natural gas and oil across the United States.

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