The oil and gas industry and several states sued over the rule several years ago, and the same court rejected their initial attempt to block it. After two unsuccessful efforts by the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to suspend (or “stay”) the Waste P
The agency had suspended the 2016 rule, meant to cut the waste of natural gas on public lands created by venting, flaring and accidental leaks, in January 2017 following the orders of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
However, the battle over regulating methane is not over.
Late last night a U.S. District Court in California reversed the Interior Department’s suspension of the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, noting that the agency failed to justify its decision to postpone core provisions of the rule.
With the fight over repealing individual environmental and public health regulations dying down, the Senate has moved on to a much larger and dangerous goal: making it more difficult to implement protections in the future.
Under an extreme and rarely-used law—the Congressional Review Act—Congress now enters the final days to act on nixing the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, also known as the BLM methane rule.