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BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule May Be Repealed

In early February, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, more commonly referred to as the Venting and Flaring Rule (the Rule). BLM’s stated goal for the Rule, which went into effect on Jan. … Continue Reading

Independent Oil and Gas Producers Defeat Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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 … Continue Reading

DO YOU DARE TO FLARE? A North Dakota Field Office Provides a View Into the Federal Regulatory Future

While high-profile regulatory efforts focused on hydraulic fracturing, waters of the United States, sage grouse, and greenhouse gas emissions have grabbed media headlines over the last several months, a potent stew of seemingly mundane technical initiatives has been simmering under the noses of domestic energy companies. Taken individually, narrow regulatory proposals related to oil and gas accounting, permitting and … Continue Reading

D.C. District Court Judge Chastises the Department of the Interior, Ordering It to Deliver a Plan on a BLM Drilling Permit, After a 29-Year Suspension

On July 27, 2015, D.C. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon entered a strongly worded order in Solenex LLC v. Jewell, chastising the defendants, including the Department of the Interior and numerous other federal agencies, for unreasonably delaying action in their review of Solonex LLC’s suspended 1985 drilling permit. Civ. No. 1:13-cv-00993, Doc. No. 52. The … Continue Reading

Wyoming Federal District Court Stays BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

On June 23, a coalition of industry, states, and tribal interests convinced a federal judge to stay the effective date of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. The stay demonstrates the first step for the industry in holding the BLM accountable to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the first … Continue Reading

State of North Dakota Intervenes in Wyoming’s and Independent Producers’ Challenge to Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

The state of North Dakota moved to intervene yesterday in the state of Wyoming’s challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations. North Dakota—like Wyoming—asserts that the hydraulic fracturing regulations exceed the BLM’s statutory authority and contradict existing federal law—impermissibly encroaching on the states’ regulatory authority. North Dakota becomes the second state to … Continue Reading
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