As the first state in the nation to enact a ban on fracking, the new governor is making the move on his own.
Scott Walker has proposed eliminating the requirement for permits for hydraulic fracturing, a process that uses water and chemicals to extract natural gas from rock formations.
The idea was put forth by Walker in response to a bill that passed the state legislature last year.
According to Walker, the gas industry has spent more than $4 billion lobbying against the ban, and the new rules will allow the industry to focus on other activities.
The industry has long lobbied against fracking because it is environmentally destructive.
The gas industry, however, says the process produces no new revenue and that it is necessary to get gas from tight rock formations to consumers.
Walker has said he wants to protect local communities and the environment.
In his statement announcing the move, Walker said that the new state rules will provide local governments and businesses more control over the gas that is produced in their areas.
He has said that it will allow them to take action when it comes to local regulations.
Walker says that the state is “committed to protecting the environment and protecting jobs.”
In addition to the new restrictions, he said he would not allow fracking in Wisconsin.
In January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft order to the states permitting agencies that will give them more flexibility to develop and implement fracking-specific regulations.
The draft order, which is subject to legal review by the EPA, was released in March and was expected to be issued by the end of the month.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is tasked with developing rules for fracking in the state.
In February, the state’s governor and top officials met to discuss the new regulations.
to the Associated Press, the EPA’s draft order will be presented to Walker on April 13.
“The draft will outline how to craft a statewide, statewide approach to permitting that will allow local communities to take decisions on how best to manage fracking-related activities,” Walker’s press secretary, Eric Zabel, told the AP.
“This will be a thoughtful, comprehensive approach that includes input from local governments as well as industry stakeholders.”
The Associated Press reported that Walker’s statement came after the governor said he wanted to take “a look” at the draft EPA order before making a final decision.
Earlier this month, the governor told a gathering of local business owners in the city of Milwaukee that the EPA order could help local governments “do their job better.”
“There are some things that we can’t do here in the country and in the states, but if we have a state and local response to this, then I’m going to have a lot more latitude,” Walker said, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The governor said in the speech that the rule would allow the DNR to decide how to manage the industry.
The EPA’s Draft Order is the latest in a string of moves to ban fracking in Western states.
In November, the Trump administration announced it would ban fracking for energy production in the Great Lakes region, and in January, President Trump signed a bill banning the process.
The bill, the “Energy Independence Act,” has since been blocked by a court.
Since the fracking ban was enacted, more than 2,300 people have died in the US and thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged.