On Wednesday, a judge in Northern California ruled that the Department of Interior cannot delay compliance with rules curbing “flaring,” a technique used by oil and gas companies to burn off leaking methane, a practice found to contribute to climate change. This was the third ruling in the last three months that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Interior Department has been found to have acted illegally in their efforts to reverse environmental regulations. The administration hasn’t given up, though. When it comes to environmental protections, the Trump administration is trying numerous ways to roll back, or kill, the same rules if one of their efforts meets a dead end.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.