Federal developments

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) request to indefinitely hold litigation in abeyance concerning the June 2016 new source performance standards for the oil and natural gas sector while the agency re-evaluates the rule. The order requires the EPA to provide the court with updates on the status of its reevaluation every 60 days and the parties to file motions regarding the future of the litigation within 30 days of the EPA's notification to the court of its decision on whether to revise the rule.

State developments

New York state recently released its Methane Reduction Plan, a collaborative effort by five state agencies that is intended to help New York meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The plan contains 25 actions targeted at three main sectors: oil and gas, landfills and agriculture.

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