September 01, 2015

BLM regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands

Hannah J. Wiseman

On March 26, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final rule entitled “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands” (HF Rule) nearly five years after the agency held its first public forum on the topic. 80 Fed. Reg. 16,128 (Mar. 26, 2015). States and industry groups have sued, with environmental nonprofits intervening as respondents. The U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming has stayed the effective date of the rule pending the outcome of motions for a preliminary injunction.

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