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Press Release: Victory August 1, 2022

Legal Agreements Block Drilling, Fracking Across 1 Million Acres in Central California

New oil and gas leasing on public lands in California will be suspended, advancing efforts by public interest groups to protect community health and the climate from fossil fuels

document January 24, 2018

BLM Fracking Rule Repeal Complaint

A coalition of environmental and tribal groups sued today to block the Trump Administration’s repeal of a 2015 rule designed to protect water, wildlife, and public health from the harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

Fracking on  Bureau of Land Management land in the Colorado River Valley Field Office of western Colorado.
(Bruce Gordon / Ecoflight)
Press Release January 24, 2018

Conservation and Tribal Groups Sue to Block Repeal of Federal Fracking Regulations

Trump’s Bureau of Land Management rescinded measures that protect water, public health and wildlife

document September 21, 2017

BLM Fracking Rule 10th Circuit Opinion

In these cases, we are asked to decide whether the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acted beyond its statutory authority when it promulgated a 1 regulation—43 C.F.R. § 3162.3-3 (2015)1—governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on lands owned or held in trust by the United States. The district court invalidated this regulation (hereinafter, the Fracking Regulation) as exceeding the BLM’s statutory authority. While these appeals were pending, a new President of the United States was elected. After that change in Administration, and at the President’s direction, the BLM began the process of rescinding the Fracking Regulation. Given these changed and changing circumstances, we conclude these appeals are prudentially unripe. As a result, we dismiss these appeals and remand with directions to vacate the district court’s opinion and dismiss the action
without prejudice.

Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory September 21, 2017

BLM fracking rule reinstated by Court of Appeals

District Court ruling is reversed, allowing protections to take effect

An oil fracking rig outside of Williston, North Dakota. Oil extraction discoveries led to rapid industrial development and job creation in the area, but the city is now seeing its population decline after the ongoing collapse of crude oil prices.
(Tom Reichner/Shutterstock)
Press Release July 24, 2017

Trump Administration Proposes To Repeal Fracking Protections

Public safety rule cited as too costly for industry

Oil and gas fields in California's Central Valley.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 16, 2017

Zinke Announces Plan to Axe Fracking Rule

Secretary of Interior directs the Department of Justice to file a motion in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announcing that BLM intends to start a new rulemaking process to rescind the rule

document March 15, 2017

Federal Appellants’ Motion To Continue Argument And Hold Case In Abeyance Pending Administrative Action

Wyoming v. Zinke (10th Cir. Nos. 16-8068, 16-8069). On March 9, 2017, this Court ordered BLM to confirm whether its position in these appeals has changed due to the recent change of Administration. For the reasons stated below, BLM respectfully requests this Court to continue the oral argument and hold these appeals in abeyance pending a new rulemaking by BLM.

Drill sites light up the evening sky in Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado.
(Photo courtesy of Bryce Bradford)
case June 2, 2015

Defending The BLM’s New Fracking Rules

A coalition of six conservation groups are defending the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing rules against legal challenges by the oil and gas industry and the States of Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado. The conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed motions to intervene in two lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court for…

document June 2, 2015

Memorandum in Support of BLM Fracking Rules I – Filed June 2, 2015

Memorandum in Support of Bureau of Land Management's New Fracking Rules – Filed June 2, 2015

document June 2, 2015

Memorandum in Support of BLM Fracking Rules II – Filed June 2, 2015

Memorandum in Support of BLM Fracking Rules II – Filed June 2, 2015

A fracking drill in a Wyoming prairie.
(Tom Grundy / Shutterstock)
Press Release June 2, 2015

Coalition of Conservation Groups Seek to Defend Bureau of Land Management’s New Fracking Rules

Groups oppose oil and gas industry and state challenges to new, stronger rules

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana.
(Daniel Foster / Flickr)
Press Release March 20, 2015

Department of the Interior Releases Final Rules for Fracking on Public Lands

Comprehensive rules on hydraulic fracturing and drilling include stronger safeguards than in 2013 while failing to ensure sensitive and valuable areas are kept off limits to drilling

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana.
(Daniel Foster / Flickr)
Press Release March 20, 2015

Interior Da a Conocer Norma Final para Fracturación Hidráulica en Terrenos Públicos

Reglas globales para fracking y perforación incluyen protecciones más estrictas que en 2013 pero no garantizan resguardos contra la perforación en áreas vulnerables