September 4, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 361

Montana Protests BLM Fracking Proposal

Attorney General Tim Fox announced on Aug. 29 that Montana has joined four other states protesting the U.S. Bureau of Land Managements’ re-proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations on federal and Indian lands.

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In a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma, and West Virginia strongly assert that the BLM cannot justify a need for new federal regulations and requirements, which will duplicate existing state programs.

“The BLM would be hard pressed to explain why it needs to impose new ‘o...

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