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A federal district court judge has sided with the petroleum industry and granted an injunction against enforcing the Obama administration regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal lands.

“At this point, the Court does not believe Congress has granted or delegated to the [Bureau of Land Management] authority to regulate fracking,” Judge Scott Skavdahl, an Obama appointee, wrote in his preliminary injunction against the Department of the Interior.

“[I]t cannot be concluded that because Congress has not expressly forbidden the BLM’s regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, the agency may now assert it,” Skavdahl added.

In March, the Interior Department issued regulations for fracking operations on federal lands, setting standards for cement casings of fracked wells, public disclosure of the chemicals used in the fracking process, more stringent wastewater storage standards and mandating that companies give geographical data to the government.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/30/judge-to-obama-you-cant-regulate-fracking-on-federal-lands/#ixzz3nG0wYrPf