The Bureau of Land Management knows what it wants the Methane Waste and Prevention Rule to look like , but the courts have something else in mind. Advertisement The U.S. District Court for the North District of California ruled Thursday that the federal government did not justify its decision to suspend and rewrite this rule, which was set to regulate emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Federal District Court Judge William Orrick issued a preliminary injunction, forcing the bureau to enforce the rule—for now. He deemed the suspension "arbitrary and capricious" in his ruling. "[Plaintiffs] have shown irreparable injury caused by the waste of publicly owned natural gas, increased air pollution and associated health impacts, and exacerbated climate impacts," Orrick's ruling states. Former President Barack Obama finalized this rule to reduce the amount of gas wasted during the flaring, venting, and leaks during oil and gas production, a few months before departing office. However, in June under President Donald Trump, the BLM moved to suspend parts of the rule that hadn't already taken effect. This court decision is the latest setback for the Trump administration's efforts to roll back methane regulations on public… Read full this story
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