Judge Rules Against the Environment and Public Health on Fracking Rule

For Immediate Release

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Jonathon Berman, (202) 495-3033, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org

Judge Rules Against the Environment and Public Health on Fracking Rule

Casper, WY - Late yesterday, 10th Circuit Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled against the Obama Administration and struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s fracking rule.

Previously, Skavdahl placed a temporary injunction on the fracking rule, which remains under review by the 10 Circuit Court of Appeals.

In response, Sierra Club’s Director of Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“It has been clear all along that the Bureau of Land Management has the authority to safeguard our health and our environment from the dangers of fracking. Our hope remains that the full 10th Circuit will continue its review of the case and uphold this rule.

“While there is no way to ever make fracking safe, the oil and gas industry has repeatedly proven that it needs more standards to keep the public safe from the dangers of fossil fuels, not less.”

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