Industry Groups Ready to Argue Against Hydraulic Fracturing Rule in Appeals Court

July 27, 2017

DENVER – The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hear arguments this morning on an appeal of the ruling overturning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands. The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming struck down the rule in 2015, ruling in favor of Western Energy Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the states of Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming, and the Ute Indian Tribe. The lower court found BLM lacked authority from Congress to regulate hydraulic fracturing. Environmental groups and the Obama Administration appealed the case to the Tenth Circuit.

“Congress simply did not give the federal government authority to regulate fracking, period. We remain confident in our arguments and the previous decision,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance. “States have shown they’ve successfully regulated fracking with no incident on public lands that justifies this rule. State have regulated fracking for many years, and BLM has failed to show any gap in state regulation.” 

Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing.

What:   Appeals hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing rule

When:  Thursday, July 27th, 9:00 am MT

Where: Byron White United States Courthouse
               1823 Stout St, Courtroom I
               Denver, CO 80257