Fracking Ruling May Stymie Oil, Gas Projects On US Land

Law360, New York (April 19, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A California magistrate judge's recent ruling that the federal government needs to assess the risks of fracking before granting oil and gas leases will spark a fresh wave of legal challenges and a re-examination of outdated leasing policies, leading to longer waits for companies eager to tap federal lands, attorneys say.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the Northern District of California said March 31 that the U.S. Department of the Interior violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to assess the risks of...
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