DOI Can't Regulate Drilling Flares, States Say

Law360, New York (November 21, 2016, 3:44 PM EST) -- Oil- and gas-rich Wyoming and Montana petitioned a Wyoming federal court on Friday to block the Bureau of Land Management's attempt to limit the release of methane during drilling operations on federal and Native American lands, arguing the bureau had overstepped its authority.

The states said in a petition for review that the bureau, which operates within the U.S. Department of the Interior, imposed rules that can only be set by the Environmental Protection Agency or the states, since the rules concern air pollution rather than mineral leasing on federal land.

"The bureau's rule is a blatant attempt by a land...

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