Federal court grants order to prevent Bureau of Land Management fracking rules from taking effect


By Erin Lamb

Special to The SUN

On Tuesday, a Wyoming federal judge granted a request by four states — Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — to prevent new hydraulic fracturing rules issued by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from going into effect on Wednesday.

“We are pleased the court agreed that the new BLM regulations present serious and difficult questions that justified a stay of these rules’ effective date,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman. “We believe these rules intrude on Colorado’s sovereign right to responsibly and safely regulate the oil and gas industry within our borders.”

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