Judge overturns rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands

The New York Times reports that a federal judge in Wyoming has struck down Obama administration rules regarding the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas operations on public lands. The newspaper says the rules, which were scheduled to take effect June 24, 2016, would have required companies to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of wells on federal lands and disclose the use of some chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process. But, U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled the Department of the Interior lacked the authority from Congress to issue the regulation and noted hydraulic fracturing was already subject to other regulations under state and federal law, according to the Times. For more, the read full story.

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