EPA must enforce Obama methane pollution rule, says court
The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia issued the ruling Monday, after a three-judge panel of the court originally ruled last month that the EPA unlawfully delayed implementing the rule.
The ruling Monday came after the court gave the EPA a two-week reprieve from its decision last month. Even with the reprieve, the Trump administration hasn't asked the full 11-judge court to rehear the case - which is standard practice when appealing a ruling from a three-judge panel.
In its July ruling, the court said the EPA broke the law when it attempted to stall enforcement of the Obama-era rule requiring limits on methane emissions in the oil and natural gas drilling industry - and requirements that companies identify and repair methane leaks.
The agency sought a two-year pause in the new rules to examine their impact. ■