BLM Venting Rules Take Effect As Court Case Continues

Law360, New York (January 17, 2017, 2:33 PM EST) -- Three Western states and industry groups lost a bid Monday to block a Bureau of Land Management rule aimed at limiting methane releases from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands from taking effect Tuesday while a Wyoming federal judge hears the merits of the case.

U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl denied motions by Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and industry groups to halt the BLM rules, which they say are outside the bureau’s authority to simply prevent waste and regulate mineral rights and not to protect air quality. The judge also said he will grant the request to expedite...

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