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00000176-6d2a-dc2f-ad76-6d2a4ee60000The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Wilderness Workshop, other environmental groups sue BLM over methane

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Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane.

In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management adopted a rule that requires oil and gas companies to fix leaks and reduce the waste of natural gas on public lands. It’s known as the methane waste rule, and the Trump administration recently decided to postpone deadlines for companies to comply.

Wilderness Workshop joins the National Wildlife Federation, the Western Environmental Law Center and a dozen other groups in challenging that decision. They say the rule improves public health, reduces climate impacts and saves taxpayers money.

 

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