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Appeals court sidesteps decision on US fracking regulations


September 23, 2017

Fracking crews in the Bakken oil fields.

DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday sidestepped a decision on whether oil and gas regulations enacted by the Obama administration are legal, noting that the current administration plans to rescind them.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said it would be a waste of time to rule on the regulations, which govern hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, because the Trump administration has already begun the process of revoking them.

The ruling left the status of the regulations unclear, and neither the federal Bureau of Land Management nor its parent agency, the Inter...

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