Calif. Judge Blasts Methane Rule Revision As Deeply Flawed

By Michael Phillis (July 16, 2020, 5:34 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has vacated the Trump administration's rescission of most of the Obama-era rule limiting natural gas methane emissions on federal and Native American lands, finding the reversal was ill-considered, ill-supported and broadly flawed.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said on Wednesday that the Trump administration plowed ahead with efforts to loosen regulations on oil and gas operators without thinking through the requirements of the Mineral Leasing Act and other laws. The Bureau of Land Management didn't adhere to proper rulemaking procedures nor did it sufficiently explain why reversing the Obama-era rule was the right move just two...

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