‘Keep It In The Ground’ Protestors Fail To Draw Much Of A Crowd Outside Democratic Senator’s Office

by AILEEN YEUNG March 23, 2017

Source: Western Wire

Representatives of a national “ban fracking” activist group attempted to organize a rally to pressure U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on environmental policy but failed to draw much of a crowd. The event, held outside Sen. Bennet’s Denver office yesterday, was organized by Food & Water Watch and 350.org, two East Coast activist groups campaigning to ban oil and natural gas development in Colorado and around the country.

Four States Now Suing BLM To Overturn Obama Administration’s Methane Rule

by Staff March 22, 2017

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has joined a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Obama administration’s “venting and flaring” rule, issued late last year, which targets oil and natural gas development on federal lands. Paxton’s intervention means four states – Texas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana – are now in federal court trying to strike down the rule imposed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in November. Western officials are also leading a separate effort to repeal the venting and flaring rule in Congress. “This is yet another case of gross federal overreach,” Paxton said in a statement to Western Wire.

Groups Trying To Save BLM Methane Rule Have Close Ties To ‘Keep It In The Ground’ Campaign

by Simon Lomax March 22, 2017
Marchers take part in the Global Climate March in Washington, DC By Rena Schild

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Environmental activist groups are pulling out all the stops to save the Obama administration’s last-minute “venting and flaring” rule, which targets oil and natural gas development on federal lands. Unfortunately for them, however, that means shining a spotlight on their real agenda and who pays for it. And it turns out groups arguing in favor of the methane rule, claiming it will increase natural gas production and tax revenues, have close ties to anti-oil and gas organizations and the “keep it in the ground” campaign.

N.M. Business Group Says Nothing Less Than Full Repeal of BLM Methane Rule Will Do

by Staff March 20, 2017
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New Mexico business leaders are pushing back against a campaign led by environmental activists to save a last-minute regulation from the Obama administration targeting oil and natural development. The New Mexico Business Coalition says the “venting and flaring” rule imposed late last year “clouds the regulatory environment” for one of the state’s most important industries. The rule, finalized by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) two months before President Barack Obama left office, adds to existing state and federal regulations that limit methane emissions. “An ax, not a scalpel, is needed on BLM’s venting and flaring rule,” the group says.

Demise Of BLM Fracking Rule Delivers Win To Western Officials, Energy Producers

by Staff March 17, 2017

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

In a victory for local officials and energy producers in the West, the Trump administration confirmed this week that a federal regulation for hydraulic fracturing on public lands won’t be imposed on top of existing state rules that already apply. The federal hydraulic fracturing regulation, issued by U.S. Bureau of Land Management two years ago during the Obama administration, was struck down by a federal judge in 2016. Obama officials appealed, but this week the Trump administration told the court it would no longer contest the case and plans to withdraw the regulation.

On Federal Oil And Gas, President Obama Really Did Keep It In The Ground

by Kathleen Sgamma March 16, 2017

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For years, anti-oil and natural gas groups like 350.org, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club urged President Barack Obama to “keep it in the ground.” Well, it turns out the former president actually did a pretty good job for these groups. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently released its data for fiscal year 2016, the last full year of the Obama administration. When you compare those numbers to the data from 2008, the year before President Obama took office, the contrast is compelling.