BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Struck Down by Federal Court

On June 21, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming (“District Court”) set aside the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM’s”) “Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands” rule, finding that the rul(…)

Draft Final BLM Rules Under White House Review

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has taken another step towards finalizing updated regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands, by sending a revised final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) fo(…)

Department of the Interior Releases Semiannual Statement of Regulatory Priorities

The Department of the Interior has released its Statement of Regulatory Priorities, a subsection of which highlights the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s priorities on energy issues including hydraulic fracturing.  BLM’s stated highest regulatory pri(…)

Obama Selects Nominees for Key Energy Posts at Interior Department

In order to fill vacancies at the Department of the Interior, President Obama recently nominated Janice Schneider as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, a move welcomed by Secretary Sally Jewell.  Currently an environment and energy(…)

Proposed BLM Fracking Rules Remain Controversial

The Bureau of Land Management’s revised proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal lands remains controversial, inviting more than 600,000 comments from 250 public interest groups calling for stricter regulations, as well as strong oppositio(…)

Western Energy Alliance Releases Economic Analysis of BLM's Revised Fracking Proposal for Federal Lands

Updating previous posts, the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) recently released an economic analysis in response to the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) latest version of its proposed fracking rules for wells on federal lands(…)

Interior Department Extends Comment Period for Federal Lands Fracking Proposal

The U.S. Department of the Interior has extended the comment period by 60 days for the revised proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell indicated that various interest groups had requested more time to(…)

Department of Interior Proposal for Hydraulic Fracturing To Be Released Soon

The federal Bureau of Land Management’s proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, which was submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review in January 2013, is expected to be released soon in the form(…)

BLM Sends Revised Fracking Proposal to White House for Review

As we anticipated in a previous post, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has reportedly submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget its revised proposal for regulation of hydraulic fracturing on fede(…)

Bureau of Land Management Revising Fracking Proposal

The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced that it will revise its draft proposal to regulate fracking on federal lands.  According to BLM, approximately 90 percent of wells drilled on federal and Indian lan(…)