Late last night a U.S. District Court in California reversed the Interior Department’s suspension of the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, noting that the agency failed to justify its decision to postpone core provisions of the rule.
Paleontologists say that their work studying the history of life on earth, including a recent discovery in former Bears Ears National Monument, is jeopardized by policies that strip away protections for public lands.
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This will allow for massive lease sales that will endanger coastal lands and communities.
Until March 19, the public can formally weigh in on the process by which the government is opening Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to mining, reckless off-road vehicle use and other damaging activities.
Today, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management announced a new methane waste rule to replace its own regulations that went into effect only about one year ago.
President Trump’s infrastructure and budget proposals are essentially Valentine’s gifts to oil, gas, coal and other extractive interests.
Not only do oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuel interests stand to benefit from Trump’s latest proposals in the form of relaxed regulations and priority status afforded to their operations on public lands, but a provision in the infrastructure plan will give Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the sole authority to approve oil and gas pipelines through national parks.