Wyoming Applauds Court’s Decision to Strike Down Obama-era Methane Rule on Public Lands

Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 8:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Chief Judge Scott Skavdahl of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming ruled on Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management under the Obama administration overstepped its authority with its efforts to regulate emissions of methane from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands. Wyoming contended in court that the BLM exceeded its statutory authority when promulgating the BLM’s methane rule.

“Judge Skavdahl’s decision once again brings the regulation of venting and flaring to the State level, where it belongs,” Governor Gordon said. “Wyoming has successfully managed this issue and will continue to do so. Judge Skavdahl’s favorable decision steers waste-prevention governance from oil and gas production on public lands back to where it belongs in the manner that it was successfully managed prior to the 2016 rule.”

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