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BLM Proposes Suspending, Delaying Parts of NatGas Venting/Flaring Rules Until 2019

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The Trump administration said Wednesday it plans to temporarily suspend or delay parts of an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands until January 2019.

proposed rule by the Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to be published in Thursday's Federal Register. The BLM said it was currently reviewing its Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule -- aka the venting and flaring rule -- and "wants to avoid imposing temporary or permanent compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or significantly revised in the near future."

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