Judge Rules Federal Government Can’t Regulate Fracking On Public Land

by SYDNEY PEREIRA – A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on fracking, on the grounds that the Department of Interior does not have the authority to regulate fracking on federal lands. The decision comes over a year after President Barack Obama’s administration finalized regulations for fracking on public lands. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming sided with the oil and gas industry and a handful of western states, who argued that the Interior cannot regulate fracking according to a 2005 law. The judge’s decision means the Interior can no longer enforce the rule, but the agency could still appeal the decision. In his opinion, Judge Skavdahl wrote that the “Constitutional role of this Court is to interpret the applicable statutory enactments and determine whether Congress has delegated to the Department of Interior legal authority to regulate .” Three simple words can sum up...

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