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The Latest On: Methane

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.

July 27, 2017 | Legal Document

Motion for Summary Judgment: BLM Methane Waste Rule Stay

Filed in the Northern District of California, challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s use of Administrative Procedure Act section 705 to stay implementation of the BLM methane waste rule.

July 16, 2017 | In the News: The Daily Sentinel

Arch Coal At Crossroads In Review

Looking every bit as comfortable in hiking gear as he might be in courtroom attire, attorney Ted Zukoski of the conservation group Earthjustice led a group of environmentalists deep into the Gunnison National Forest east of Paonia on a sunny late-June day.

July 10, 2017 | Legal Document

Complaint For Declaratory And Injunctive Relief: BLM Methane &Waste Prevention Rule

This case challenges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to stay compliance deadlines for certain provisions of its Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule, 81 Fed. Reg. 83,008 (Nov. 18, 2016), which has been in effect since January 17, 2017. See 82 Fed. Reg. 27,430 (June 15, 2017). BLM’s June 15, 2017 stay violates the Administrative Procedure Act. 5 U.S.C. §§ 553, 705, 706(2)(A). The stay harms Plaintiffs and other members of the public by reducing royalty payments and allowing waste of public natural gas resources and excessive air pollution that would otherwise be controlled under the Rule.

June 5, 2017 | Legal Document

Methane Stay Motion

Earthjustice filed this stay motion on June 5, 2017 to force the Trump administration to stop stalling the enforcement of methane pollution rules for oil and gas operations