Trade Groups, States Request Federal Court Halt BLM’s Methane Rule

January 5, 2017

DENVER – The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming will hold a hearing Friday to consider a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule to control venting and flaring of methane from oil and natural gas production. Suits were brought by Western Energy Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and the states of Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The trade associations and states request the court delay BLM’s January 17th implementation of the rule, which falls three days before the Trump Administration takes office.

“Our legal team will be arguing tomorrow that the BLM venting and flaring rule should not go into effect on January 17th because the states and industry are likely to win when the case is fully heard,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance. “We will be arguing that independent producers face irreparable harm if the rule is not delayed, because they will be forced to incur huge costs that they will be unable to recover when the court eventually rules that BLM has exceeded its authority.  In this rule, BLM is attempting to seize authority to regulate air quality, an authority that only EPA and the states have. This same judge just last year overturned BLM regulation of hydraulic fracturing, ruling that EPA had exceeded its authority. With the venting and flaring rule, BLM’s federal overreach is even more blatant, and we are optimistic about making that case tomorrow.”

What:    Preliminary injunction hearing on BLM’s venting and flaring rule

When:    January 6, 2017, 1:00 pm

Where:   U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming
                111 South Wolcott St.
                Casper, WY 82601

Kathleen Sgamma will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing. 

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