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Federal Court Strikes Down BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

By Ilya Batikov

We previously wrote about the Bureau of Land Management’s attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. On June 21st, a federal court in Wyoming ruled that the BLM exceeded the scope of its authority by attempting to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands, ruling that “Congress has not directed the BLM to enact regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. Indeed, Congress has expressly removed federal agency authority to regulate the activity, making its intent clear.”

The decision was appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. We will keep you posted on further developments with this case.

Tags: Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil and Gas, Energy

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