10th Circ. Vaporizes Green Groups' Methane Rule Appeal

Law360 (April 10, 2019, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday dismissed challenges to a district court ruling that blocked some of an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands, finding that a replacement rule makes the litigation unnecessary.

California, New Mexico and several environmental groups had challenged U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl's April 2018 order, but because the Obama administration's rule has been rescinded and replaced by another, the entire case is moot, a Tenth Circuit panel said. The litigation started when other states and industry groups challenged the original rule.

While all the parties agreed that the case...

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