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A federal judge in Wyoming ruled in June that federal rules setting standards for hydraulic fracturing in shale formations on federal land exceeded the authority of the Bureau of Land Management. The government appealed. Arguments are set for Jan. 17 in Denver. In this photo, a hydraulic fracturing rig is seen in Weld County, Colorado. (Bloomberg News photo)

Obama-Era Court Fights Become Mission Impossible After Trump Win

Three days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. president, attorneys for Barack Obama’s outgoing administration will ask an appeals court to revive rules governing oil-and-gas fracking on federal land. Even if Obama wins, the victory would likely be short-lived. Trump’s "highest advisers generally agree with our side of the lawsuit," said Mark S. Barron, a lawyer ...

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