Minerals of Nevada has submitted a letter to the Nevada Mining and Energy Commission asking for an emergency waiver of the state’s moratorium on fracking, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The letter, dated March 2, states that the fracking industry has failed to “demonstrate that its operations are safe and effective in protecting public health and safety, and that the benefits outweigh any risks.”
The letter also calls on the commission to “suspend the use of hydraulic fracking in Nevada until the industry shows that it has a proven method for safely and economically extracting natural gas.”
The letter goes on to state that “all parties are now in the midst of a debate about how best to proceed in this debate.”
The state has already granted emergency permits for fracking operations that use hydraulic fracturing.
The ban is being enforced by the federal government.
The letter goes into greater detail about how the fracking ban is affecting the industry, including how it is “unprecedented” for Nevada to ban fracking in the state.
The NVMEA has previously been the target of anti-fracking petitions.
In July, the NVMEAs office was bombarded with hundreds of thousands of anti and pro-frackers petitions, some of which were threatening to leave the state if the NVFEB did not “renew the moratorium.”
Nevada’s fracking moratorium is being imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is an independent agency within the Department of Interior.
It is set to expire at the end of this month, and President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to repeal it.