DOI Plans To Rescind Obama-Era Fracking Rule

Law360, Los Angeles (March 15, 2017, 11:26 PM EDT) -- The federal government is planning to take back hydraulic fracturing regulations finalized in 2015 now that Pres. Donald Trump's administration is in charge, according to a filing Wednesday asking the Tenth Circuit to put off oral arguments at least until the government makes its move.

The Bureau of Land Management had been in a faceoff against several states, industry groups and a Native American tribe that opposed the 2015 rule imposing restrictions on fracking practices on federal and tribal lands, but now that Trump's administration — including new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke — is in place, the agency's position...

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