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Cramer Calls on Interior Secretary Zinke to Clarify Position on BLM Fracking Rule in 10th Circuit

Mar 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer issued a statement following an order from the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals instructing the Federal Government to clarify whether earlier judicial arguments in support of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) fracking rule continue to reflect their position.

Specifically, the Order states: "Given the recent change of Administration and the related personnel changes in the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior, the Court is concerned that the briefing filed by the Federal Appellants in these cases may no longer reflect the position of the Federal Appellants."

The BLM Fracking Rule asserts Department of Interior authority to regulate such practices even though it was removed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming agreed with the rule’s opponents, resulting in an immediate appeal to the 10th Circuit.

"Earlier today, I advised Secretary Zinke to send a clear signal on the BLM fracking rule.  With a new sheriff in town, anti-energy rules are no longer part of the status quo.  It seems the 10th Circuit realizes this fact, and perhaps recognizes many of the legal arguments made in the previous administration were long on politics and short on merit.  Defeat of this illegal rule will be another victory for the Bakken and states’ rights.  North Dakota has successfully regulated hydraulic fracturing and oil production as a whole for decades.  These rules are simply unnecessary”