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Houston-based Noble Energy has given the thumbs up to Nevada’s proposed rules for fracking — also known as hydraulic fracturing.

The new regulations support proven technologies to safely develop Nevada’s oil and gas, according to Noble’s Kevin Vorhaben.

Noble is looking for oil in three Elko County locations in the state.

“These innovative proposed rules support the use of proven horizontal holes and hydraulic fracturing technologies to safely develop Nevada’s discovered and undiscovered oil and gas resources,” Vorhaben said, calling the regulations “tough” and “thorough.”

In February, Noble was one of three companies — along with Anadarko Petroleum and Encana — to support Colorado’s new air pollution rules on the oil and gas industry that regulate emissions of methane gas.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Colorado Petroleum Association opposed the measure.

In Nevada, according to the AP, some residents viewed Noble’s endorsement as evidence the proposed regulations aren’t tough enough.

“It really makes me uncomfortable to hear representatives of an oil company endorsing the regulations that you have and how great they are,” said Richard Sturm of Elko County.

Fracking has raised concerns about groundwater and air pollution because of the chemicals used in the process.

Oil production in Nevada has fallen from 4 million barrels in 1990 to about 350,000 in 2013.

The Nevada Division of Minerals is accepting online public comment on its proposed rules through Friday, the AP said.


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