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February 23, 2018 | Legal Document

Order Granting preliminary Injunction BLM Methate Waste Prevention Rule

This case addresses the burden a federal agency bears when it seeks to suspend a federal regulation for further analysis. Plaintiffs, the States of California and New Mexico, bring this action for a preliminary injunction enjoining the United States Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), Katherine S. Macgregor, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, from instituting a rule suspending or delaying the requirements of the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule.

December 19, 2017 | Legal Document

BLM Methane Rule Suspension Complaint

This case challenges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final decision,
82 Fed. Reg. 58,050 (Dec. 8, 2017) (Amendment), to amend the compliance deadlines for the
majority of the requirements of its Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource
Conservation Rule (Waste Prevention Rule or Rule). 81 Fed. Reg. 83,008 (Nov. 18, 2016). The
Amendment unlawfully pushes the compliance deadlines one year into the future while BLM
considers other changes to the Waste Prevention Rule.

October 4, 2017 | Legal Document

Court Judgment: Trump Administration Illegally Suspended Rule Preventing Waste of Publicly-owned Natural Gas on Public and Tribal Lands

The Court FINDS and DECLARES that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq., when it issued a notice on June 15, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 27,430) (the “Postponement Notice”) postponing the compliance date for certain provisions of the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 83,008) after the rule had already gone into effect. The Court hereby VACATES the Postponement Notice and ORDERS Defendants to immediately reinstate the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule in its entirety.

October 4, 2017 | Legal Document

Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motions For Summary Judgment

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rules that the Trump administration illegally suspended the Obama-era rule preventing waste of publicly-owned natural gas on public and tribal lands.

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