Environmentalists Sue Over Methane Waste Rule

Oct. 1, 2018, 11:16 PM

Environmental groups have joined California and New Mexico in suing the Trump administration for trying to ditch Obama-era rules aimed at reducing waste from natural gas operations on public lands.

The lawsuit challenges the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to rescind nearly all provisions of the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule, which was designed to reduce intentional venting, flaring and leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by oil and gas companies operating on federal public and Indian lands.

The suit, filed Sept. 28, asks the court to find the BLM violated the Administrative Procedure Act, the Mineral Leasing ...

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