DOJ - Montana Department of Justice

05/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/19/2017 10:44

Attorney General Fox Applauds Delay of Oil and Gas Rule

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox applauded Thursday's decision by a federal appeals court that effectively postpones any decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's overreaching oil and natural gas rule.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered that any final decision regarding the case be held in abeyance and requires periodic status reports from the EPA while the court and the parties involved determine the next steps.

'This is just one example where we've successfully fought federal overreach. My office will continue to represent Montana's interests in the days ahead,' Attorney General Tim Fox said.

Fourteen states and state agencies challenged the oil and gas rule in August 2016. The coalition argued that the regulation imposed unnecessary and burdensome rules upon the oil and natural gas industry, while setting the stage for further limits on existing oil and gas operations.

States that signed onto the legal challenge were Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin, along with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Read the order here.