Judge: BLM has no authority to set policies for Fracking

RWN: Judge SLAPS Obama With Ruling That Has Potential To RUIN The Rest Of His Term.

The question of whether the Bureau of Land Management was sanctioned to set the polices for hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — was answered Tuesday. Liberals and tree-huggers alike, be prepared.

You’re not going to like this.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled the BLM did not have that authority, saying Congress has not authorized federal regulators to set rules for fracking.

Skavdahl asserted the job of the court is to interpret whether Congress has authorized the regulation of fracking, not to determine what is good or bad for the environment.

The rules would require the disclosure of ingredients used by the petroleum developers to improve the results of fracking.

In the ruling, Skavdahl wrote the Interior Department rule “is in excess of its statutory authority and contrary to law.”

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