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Mark Barron Talks about Tenth Circuit Request that BLM Confirm Its Defense of Drilling Rules

News / March 10, 2017

Partner Mark Barron is quoted in an article E&E News published on March 10, 2017. The article, “Court to Trump Team: Commit to Position on Fracking Rule,” reports on the Tenth Circuit’s decision to ask the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) if BLM wants to proceed to upcoming oral arguments over hydraulic fracturing regulations with the same position BLM took during the briefing phase. The Tenth Circuit observed that the election of President Donald Trump may have resulted in a change in the agency's legal position. Oral arguments on the regulation — which a district court struck down last summer — are presently set for March 22.

Barron, who represents the energy industry groups opposing the rule, said, "We appreciate the court taking this action sua sponte to make sure the resources of the court and the parties are preserved. We look forward to working with the other parties including the Department of Justice, yet we remain prepared to defend the district court's decision on March 22."

The article, “Court to Trump Team: Commit to Position on Fracking Rule,” reports on the Tenth Circuit’s decision to ask the Bureau of Land Management if it wants to proceed to upcoming oral arguments over hydraulic fracturing regulations with the same position it took during the briefing phase, noting the election of President Donald Trump may spur a change in the agency's legal strategy. Oral arguments on the regulation — which was struck down by a district court last summer — are set for March 22.

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