Federal Court Asked To Hold Off On Fracking Rule
DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration is asking three federal appeals court judges in Denver to hold off on a decision regarding a major federal fracking rule implemented by the Obama administration.
The Trump administration first announced plans to roll back the rule in March.
The rule, which would require drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they've used for fracking, was put on hold last year after a Wyoming judge said the Bureau of Land Management had no authority to set such a rule.
In a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Thursday, the government asked the court to leave the district court's current ruling in effect until it can be replaced.
The government would need to go through a series of legal processes before replacement, which includes receiving comment from the public.
Since replacement could be years away, the Bureau of Land Management has asked the court to leave the district court's ruling in effect until a new one is implemented.