Rulings Strength NEPA Oversight of Gas Drilling Absent SDWA Rule


Key federal courts are backing activists in suits under the National Environmental; Policy Act (NEPA) to review the impacts of natural gas drilling fluids on underground aquifers, rulings that environmentalists hope will bolster pending bills to restore EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authority to oversee hydraulic fracturing—a controversial gas drilling procedure that requires injection of chemicals into wells.

…Meanwhile a federal district court in Colorado September 3 granted environmentalists’ request for a preliminary injunction to block exploratory oil and gas drilling in Baca National Wildlife Refuge until the resolution of the case…