Analysis

Trump Methane Rollbacks Hand Regulatory Reins To States

Law360 (September 19, 2018, 9:00 PM EDT) -- The rollback of Obama-era restrictions on venting and flaring from gas wells on federal and tribal lands is the latest sign the Trump administration intends to hand off the job of regulating methane emissions to states, some of which are expected to be lax while others may craft more stringent methane rules, experts say.

The final rule unveiled by the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday eliminates most of the requirements of the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule and essentially reverts the agency's regulation of venting and flaring to what existed before the rule was written. It came just a week after the...

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