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BLM's New Methane Regulations Can Move Forward, Judge Says

Daniel Schwen
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Regional environmental groups are cheering a federal judge’s refusal to halt the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management’s new methane rule.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl rejected a request by energy-industry groups and the states of Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota for a preliminary injunction against the rule, which will reduce methane emissions. In a statement, Carol Davis of the Navajo grassroots group Diné CARE said the rule is critical in the Four Corners region “because we. . . suffer the health and environmental disparities caused by excessive methane emissions in our predominantly Navajo region.”

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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