Mark Barron Comments on California Ruling Regarding Methane Emissions Standards

News / July 20, 2020

Partner Mark Barron is quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on July 20, 2020. The article, “Court’s Ruling Against Trump Elevates Debate on Climate Metric,” reports on a California judge’s ruling that strikes down the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era methane emissions standards affecting oil and gas infrastructure on public and tribal lands. In her opinion, the judge criticized the Bureau of Land Management’s use of a metric called the social costs of methane. However, Barron notes that other courts have rejected environmentalist groups’ push for the federal agency to use a climate metric, rather than the social metric, in oil and gas leasing decisions.

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