States, Oil Groups Sink BLM Fracking Rule

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (June 21, 2016, 7:51 PM EDT) -- A Wyoming federal judge on Tuesday struck down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's fracking rule for federal and Native American lands, finding the agency lacked congressional authority to promulgate the regulations and handing a victory to energy industry groups and states opposed to the rule.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the BLM overstepped its authority in issuing the rule because Congress never directed it to enact regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. Above, a worker adjusts hoses during a fracking operation in Colorado. (Credit: AP) The BLM issued the rule in March 2015, imposing stringent well casing and wastewater storage requirements,...

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