BLM's Final Methane Flaring Rule Greeted With Industry Suit

By Stan Parker (November 15, 2016, 8:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday unveiled its final rules for venting and flaring of methane gas on federal and Native American lands, facing an immediate legal challenge in Wyoming district court alleging the rule is outside the agency's authority.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Methane and Waste Prevention final rule would curb greenhouse gas emissions and save natural gas lost to leaks and excess being burned off in flares. The Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America immediately sued Jewell in Wyoming federal court, saying the rule was unconstitutional and...

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