Methane ImageThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a federal appellate court to hold in abeyance an ongoing legal challenge to Obama-era methane emissions standards for new and modified sources in the oil and gas sector as EPA considers whether to change the standards or abandon them altogether. (Am. Petroleum Inst. v. EPA, D.C. Cir., 13-1108). The methane rule, finalized in 2016, established New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane emissions at new, modified and reconstructed oil and gas wells.  Dozens of states and industry groups filed legal challenges
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The United States Capitol buildingConsistent with campaign pledges from President-elect Donald Trump, Congressional Republicans are wasting no time in targeting key environmental regulations established during the Obama administration. On January 6, House Republicans used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to target the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule, finalized last year, seeking to reduce methane emissions from new, modified and reconstructed oil and gas wells.  Among other provisions, the rule established
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On November 15, 2016, the U.S. Interior Department announced the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule – a final rule intended to reduce venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas form oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands. In response, a lawsuit challenging the rule was immediately
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In the latest high-profile legal challenge to President Obama’s efforts to combat climate change, a coalition of 14 states and state agencies has filed a legal challenge to the final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane rule seeking to curb methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas wells. The petition for review, filed in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on August 2, was brought by West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin, along with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. A coalition of 19 independent oil and gas trade groups also filed a challenge to the methane rule on August 2. The rule had already been challenged in federal court by North Dakota and Texas. In response, this week nine states and six environmental advocacy groups filed motions to intervene in the lawsuits in support of the new emissions standards.
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