A Win for Public Health and the Rule of Law

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Washington, DC - Yesterday a judge for the District Court of Northern California ruled that Trump's Interior Department misused a provision of the Administrative Procedure Act when it stalled key provisions of a rule aimed at reducing methane venting and flaring on public and tribal lands and re-instated the Obama-era restrictions on methane waste.

Clean Water Action National Oil & Gas Program Director, John Noel released the following statement:

"This is a win for public health and a rebuke to the Trump administration for giveaways to the oil and gas industry. We applaud the ruling from the District Court that reinstates Bureau of Land Management's requirements for oil and gas companies to reduce methane waste on federal lands and to plug leaking infrastructure.

Secretary Zinke ignored public health and violated the law when he suspended BLM's commonsense safeguards. The Secretary's only justification for suspending the rule seemed to be that industry asked him to. This should put the Trump administration on notice that it can't act with impunity as it tries to gut our nation's basic protections for public health, water, and air. Better still, this should serve as a reminder to the Trump administration that it should be working to protect the American people and public health, not polluter profits."   


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly
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