- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge in Wyoming has ruled that energy companies don’t have to comply with a signature environmental rule from the Obama era involving methane waste.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled Wednesday that Bureau of Land Management regulations curbing the burning of excess gas from wells, as well as more labor-intensive checks for accidental leaks, make “little sense” because those requirements will soon disappear.

He didn’t weigh in on the rule’s merits, so addressing methane leaks and flares will still be decided in court. But Skavdahl said that until then, the rules should be on hold.


TOP STORIES
Franklin Graham calls on nation to pray for Trump as impeachment effort gains speed
Evangelist Franklin Graham calls impeachment hearing 'a day of shame for America'
Obama spied on an opponent and the FBI lied repeatedly. Trump is being impeached?


He says his decision “will provide certainty and stability” while BLM completes its rulemaking process.

The Environmental Defense Fund, which favors methane rules, vowed to appeal.



___

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide