Friday, December 11, 2015

Update on Legal Challenge to the BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

On December 10, 2015, Bureau of Land Management filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit challenging the U.S. District Court of Wyoming’s decision to grant motions for preliminary injunction of the BLM hydraulic fracturing rule.

In September 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming granted all motions for preliminary injunction separately filed by the Independent Petroleum Association in America and Western Energy Alliance, the states of Wyoming and Colorado, the states of North Dakota, and the Ute Indian Tribe barring enforcement of the BLM rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The District Court contended that the BLM did not receive authority from Congress to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

Further information on the case State of Wyoming et al., v. U.S. Department of Interior et al. is available at docket no. 2:15-cv-043.

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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