Wyo. Judge Lifts Stay Of Challenge To BLM's Methane Rule

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (March 8, 2018, 4:38 PM EST) -- A Wyoming federal judge on Wednesday granted bids by states and industry groups to restart a court challenge to an Obama-era rule limiting methane venting and flaring from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted motions filed by North Dakota, Texas, Montana, Wyoming and oil and gas industry groups Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance to lift a stay on the case imposed in December. The states and groups have challenged the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule, claiming it exceeds the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's statutory authority.



But Judge Skavdahl's order was met...

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