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BLM fracking rule reinstated by Court of Appeals

Victory: District Court ruling is reversed, allowing protections to take effect
Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California.

Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California.

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
September 21, 2017
Denver —

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver today vacated a lower court ruling that found the U.S. Bureau of Land Management had exceeded its authority when it enacted regulations of hydraulic fracturing on public lands.

Several citizen groups had appealed the U.S. District Court ruling, which invalidated the fracking regulation in June 2015.

“We’re very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Michael Freeman, staff attorney for Earthjustice who represented the citizen groups in the appeal. “The Tenth Circuit vacated the lower court’s ruling, which means the rule will now take effect. These are long-overdue protections for our public lands, water and public health.”

Earthjustice represented the Sierra Club, Earthworks, Western Resource Advocates, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Colorado Education Fund, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in the case.

Read the Tenth Circuit opinion.

More information on the fracking rule

Contacts

Michael Freeman, Earthjustice staff attorney, (303) 996-9615

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