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85 FR 70039

ELR Federal Agency Update

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Service

ELR Case

A district court granted in part and denied in part a motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Forest Service's and BLM's authorizations of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Wayne National Forest. Environmental groups...

Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Department of Environmental Protection

ELR Case

Pennsylvania's highest court largely upheld a temporary injunction enjoining the state environmental agency from enforcing certain regulations governing unconventional oil and gas operations. The court reversed the lower court's...

Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township

ELR Case

Pennsylvania's highest court reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a company to drill, construct, develop, and operate unconventional natural gas wells as a conditional use in a district zoned for residential and...

Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Co.

ELR Case

A Pennsylvania appellate court held that a family may go forward with its lawsuit against a natural gas company for operating wells on adjacent property to extract natural gas from beneath the family's property via hydraulic fracturing...

Wyoming v. DOI

ELR Case

The Tenth Circuit dismissed a challenge to a DOI rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, overturning a lower court ruling. In 2015, BLM finalized a fracking regulation that imposed new well construction, testing...

H.R. 1969, Bill Introduced

ELR Congressional Update

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating, LLC

ELR Case

A district court abstained from rendering a decision in a case concerning earthquakes allegedly caused by fracking operations in Oklahoma, choosing to instead defer to the expertise of a state commission. An environmental group brought...

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