(Bloomberg) — The Obama administration issued the first federalregulations for fracking since the drilling technique fueled adomestic energy boom, requiring extensive disclosures of thechemicals used on public land.

After years of debate and delay, the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) on Friday said drillers on federal lands must reveal thechemicals they use, meet certain well construction standards andsafely dispose of contaminated water that flows back from frackedwells. The oil and gas industry said the rule isn't necessarybecause state regulations already govern hydraulic fracturing.

"This rule will move our nation forward as we ensure responsibledevelopment while protecting public land resources," InteriorSecretary Sally Jewell said. "As we continue to offer millions ofacres of America's public lands — your lands — for oil and gasdevelopment, it is critical that the public has confidence thatrobust safety and environmental protections are in place."

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