Last week, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the EPA’s delay of an Obama regulation on methane pollution for oil and natural gas drilling.
The Trump administration scored a small win Thursday, when the court came back and put their rejection on hold for another 14 days, while the White House considers whether to appeal it.
The court had ruled on July 3 that the EPA had “overstepped its authority” by implementing a 90-day pause on the Obama regulation limiting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations, and stated that the EPA must immediately start enforcing the regulation.
The 14-day delay allows them to temporarily stop enforcing the methane rule while they consider their options on challenging it.
In their order Thursday, the court wrote that delaying the rule “for longer would hand the agency, in all practical effect, the very delay in implementation this panel determined to be” illegal.
The Hill reported that the EPA has separately proposed a two-year delay on the rule, as they seek to repeal it.
Until next month, the EPA has announced they are taking comments from the public on the matter.
President Trump has long proposed that he wishes to eliminate unnecessary job-killing regulations, and recently announced five specific regulations from the Obama administration that were being seriously reviewed.
In June, the EPA submitted a proposal to repeal another Obama era regulation on government oversight of small waterways.
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