by Dan Froomkin
*This piece is part of the ACSblog symposium: The Department of Injustice
It took nearly five years of public hearings and private wrangling for the Obama administration to do it, but in March 2015, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management finalized a new rule regarding hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.
Although the fracking rule was considered fairly toothless by environmentalists, it was immediately caught up in a pitched legal battle. Oil and gas interests sued, and a federal judge enjoined it before it could take effect, on the grounds that the BLM had overreached.