North Dakota and Colorado Join Wyoming to Challenge Federal Hydraulic Fracturing
A ruling handed down by the Obama administration in March in regards to drilling for oil on federal land has three states fighting back. The passed law, which went in to effect in June, has made it a requirement for companies drilling on federal land to disclose all of the chemicals they are using for hydraulic fracturing. Wyoming was first to file a lawsuit against the regulation in March and a federal judge ruled in April that North Dakota and Colorado would also be challenging the ruling alongside Wyoming.
The three states that filed the claim feel the ruling made in March was unlawful because it interferes with the states’ current regulations which address the process of drilling for oil on federal land. It is also seen as a problem because the extra steps now required could add years to the permitting process and prevent wells all over from being able to continuing drilling.
In a prepared statement for the Associated Press North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said “I am pleased the court has allowed North Dakota to participate as a party to uphold our state’s strong and comprehensive fracking regulations. We will be there alongside Wyoming in protecting our own state’s authority to regulate the industry.”