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Court Overturns Trump Rule Easing Methane Curbs on Oil Wells

July 16, 2020, 2:29 AM

A California-based federal district judge on Wednesday tossed out the Trump administration’s 2018 rule weakening limits on the venting and flaring of natural gas from wells on federal land, saying the measure was based on “myriad inadequacies.”

  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California concluded the Bureau of Land Management’s rule ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act, National Environmental Policy Act and Mineral Leasing Act
  • “BLM systematically ignored the basics of rulemaking and steamrolled over the APA and NEPA framework to advance certain special interests,” Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wrote. “Such conduct should not be ...