Wyoming U.S. District Court Declares Bureau of Land Management’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Unlawful
On June 21, 2016, United States District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted BakerHostetler’s petition for review of final agency action and declared the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) hydraulic fracturing rule unlawful. The court’s judgment sets aside BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule, and America’s independent oil and gas producers can continue their proven business of responsible oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands without the cloud of one more unnecessary regulatory burden.
BLM issued the rule in March 2015, attempting to exert jurisdiction over hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
Minutes after BLM issued the hydraulic fracturing rule, BakerHostetler’s team filed a legal challenge on behalf of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance (the Alliance) in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. IPAA and the Alliance began what became a much larger lawsuit, which eventually included challenges from four states – Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado and Utah (the States) – and the Ute Indian Tribe (the Tribe). Continue Reading