A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation as early as this week that would give local governments more authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a move that comes as many local governments have looked to limit or temporarily ban fracking within their boundaries.
A federal court in Denver Thursday heard oral arguments in an appeal by the oil and gas industry over dozens of disputed leases near national parks and monuments in Utah and Colorado. Shortly after taking office in 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar revoked many of the leases that were issued in the late hour of the Bush Administration. It’s the latest clash between the Obama Administration and western oil and gas companies.
A federal court in Denver this morning will hear the oil and gas industry’s appeal of a ruling by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that revoked dozens of drilling leases near national parks in Utah and Colorado. The hearing follows an unsuccessful challenge to the move by many companies and Utah counties.