Hoeven Statement on a Wyoming Federal Judge's Preliminary Injunction Against DOI Fracking Regulations

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to a Wyoming federal judge’s preliminary injunction against the Interior Department’s new fracking regulations:

“The Department of the Interior needs to recognize that states have successfully regulated oil and gas development within their boundaries for years and they should be allowed to continue to do so. We in North Dakota have been a national leader in creating rules requiring transparency and responsible standards for hydraulic fracturing and well construction.

“The Interior Departments new rules, however, would create a second regulatory layer on top of the states’ regulation, creating unnecessary delays and increased costs for energy producers. That translates into increased costs for energy consumers. The energy industry needs certainty to make the kinds of investments that will create more energy more efficiently with better environmental stewardship.”