Park Service withdraws comments on fracking rule

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Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says it is withdrawing "inappropriate" comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.

Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed the staff comments, which he said were submitted erroneously to the federal Bureau of Land Management. Both agencies are part of the Interior Department.

The park service comments cited a New York Times opinion column written by a Cornell University professor who has argued that shale gas produced by fracking poses a greater global warming risk than coal.

Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah said the park service had tried to "pass off unsubstantiated information as 'science' " in what he called a "thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing."