The Bureau of Land Management on Monday said that it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit an October ruling from a California federal magistrate judge that reactivated Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions on public lands.
A California federal judge on Wednesday reactivated Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions on public lands, finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management didn't have authority to cease enforcing a rule that was already in effect without going the through proper administrative channels.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it delayed Obama-era regulations limiting methane gas emissions on public lands, environmentalists and tribal groups told a California federal judge at a hearing Monday.
A coalition of environmental and tribal groups urged a California federal court on Thursday to hold that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exceeded his authority by delaying an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands.
Environmental and tribal citizen groups hit the U.S. Bureau of Land Management with a complaint Monday in California federal court, alleging the agency's decision to delay an Obama-era regulation to reduce methane waste on public land is illegal and will cost states, tribes and local governments millions in lost revenue.