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The Trump administration must immediately begin enforcing the methane rule adopting during the Obama administration, a federal court ruled on Monday. The administration had wanted to either delay or to scrap the rule altogether, arguing that the previous White House failed to let stakeholders weigh in on the matter.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency had no rights to ask for any delay of the methane rule. That regulation limits methane emissions from oil and gas operations while also giving drillers the incentive to capture and sell that fuel to manufacturers and chemical makers. EPA had wanted to delay the rule for two years before making preparations to repeal it altogether.