Enviros Win Intervention Bid In BLM Flaring Rule Suit

By Christine Powell (December 9, 2016, 2:29 PM EST) -- A federal magistrate judge on Thursday allowed a slew of environmental groups to join a lawsuit that seeks to block a new Bureau of Land Management rule aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands.

The states of Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota and the Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America are in the midst of seeking to invalidate the rule on the basis that it exceeds the BLM's authority by targeting air pollution rather than mineral leasing.

Groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians,...

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