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Wyoming Federal Court grants industry’s request to block rule that reduces natural gas waste on public and tribal lands

On April 4 a federal court in Wyoming stayed an Obama era rule to reduce wasteful leaking, flaring and venting natural gas from drilling operations on public and tribal lands while the Trump Administration reconsiders the rule.

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 the rule. After two unsuccessful efforts by the Trump Administration Bureau of Land Management to stay the Waste Prevention Rule, the industry groups and their state allies again turned to the court. Today’s ruling orders that enforcement of key provisions of the Waste Prevention Rule be suspended until BLM finalizes a replacement rule.

The Waste Prevention Rule was enacted in 2016 after years of deliberation, more than 300,000 written comments overwhelmingly in support of the rule, and public hearings in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado and North Dakota.


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