Lawmakers Support Bid to Strike Down Methane Waste Rule Rollback

June 20, 2019, 8:47 PM

Fifty-one lawmakers urged a federal judge June 20 to block the Department of the Interior from repealing key parts of a rule meant to reduce wasteful natural gas emissions on federal and tribal lands.

Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Representative Raul Grijalva (D.-Ariz.) are leading the group opposed to the rollback of the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention rule.

Congressional hearings, Government Accountability Office reports, and statements from BLM officials clearly establish the necessity of the rule to reduce wasteful flaring and venting, the lawmakers said in their friend of the court brief. As a result, ...

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