The Interior Department is extending the public comment period on draft rules to regulate oil-and-gas “fracking” by 60 days after being pressured by energy companies that wanted more time to weigh in.

Interior’s Bureau of Land Management had initially required comments by July 10 on the regulations that will govern the oil-and-gas development method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands.

An Interior spokesman said the decision was made to give stakeholders more time to provide “important feedback.”

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