EPA’s Draconian WOTUS Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

cease and desistIn May, MDN told you the maddening news that the federal Environmental Protection Agency had, once again, illegally grabbed power not granted to them under the Constitution by redefining what are “waters of the United States” (see EPA Power Grab: Redefines Waters of the U.S. to Include Everything). Every minor mud puddle will be regulated by the EPA under the new WOTUS rule issued by the agency. Some 13 states sued to stop the rule. The WOTUS rule was slated to go into effect beginning today, but a federal judge in North Dakota blocked it at literally the eleventh hour. The judge’s action stops WOTUS cold until the lawsuit filed by the states can work its way through court. This is fantastic news for drillers across the country as the EPA was surely aiming to further regulate oil and gas drilling using the back door of the WOTUS rule, although we’re not out of the woods yet…

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