Wyoming court decision could have wide-ranging future impacts ///

On June 21, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl (U.S. District Court of Wyoming) issued a strong rebuke to the Obama regulatory agenda, ruling that efforts by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lack congressional authority to move ahead with its burdensome, proposed regulation on hydraulic fracturing and well completions for wells drilled on federal lands. Skavdahl, an appointee of President Barack Obama, ruled that the BLM lacks a valid governing statute under which to issue such a regulation.

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