U.S. Judge Temporarily Blocks New Fracking Rules on Public Lands

A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday.
The Interior Department rules would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land.
A representative from the Independent Petroleum Association of America said, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted a stay to the new rules until July 22.



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