Federal Judge overturns BLM's fracking regulation

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Scot Skavdahl in Casper ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have the authority regulate hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of releasing natural gas from the ground for harvesting. The ruling puts the regulation of the practice into state, tribe and industry hands. The BLM's rule was challenged by Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, and Colorado. BLM's regulations have been immediately set aside. Read the full ruling here . “The Court got it right,” Governor Matt Mead said. “This is of particular importance not only to Wyoming but the country. I have and I will continue to aggressively assert Wyoming’s authority when threatened by federal overreach.” The ruling has received praise from Wyoming's congressional delegation. “Today is a victory not only for state management and responsible stewardship of our natural resources, but also for states’ rights,” said Rep. Cynthia Lummis. “This rule undermined the careful and efficient regulation of fracturing that states have put in place, like the rules written by Wyoming. I am glad to see Judge Skavdahl rule in favor of the State of Wyoming and others and will continue my own work to rein in overreaching federal agencies.” “Wyoming and other energy states – not Washington – are best prepared to regulate oil and natural gas production," Sen. John Barrasso said. " It is encouraging to see a federal court clearly state the limits of the president’s power. Judge Skavdahl’s ruling should be upheld. The courts must recognize that Congress has not given BLM the power to regulate hydraulic fracturing.” "In its efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing out of existence, the Administration has ignored the will of Congress, the states and the American people," Sen. Mike Enzi said. "Wyoming doesn’t need the federal government stepping in to undermine its carefully written regulations that oversee energy production without burdening businesses with excessive red tape. #oilcity #buckrail #reboot #county10 #springcity #dally #county17 #shortgo #bootstrapped #news