The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it wants to temporarily suspend or delay certain requirements contained in a 2016 final rule entitled, “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” The final rule imposes compliance costs on oil and gas operators drilling on Federal and Indian lands, but may be rescinded or significantly revised soon as a result of pending litigation. Immediately after the 2016 final rule was issued, industry groups and States with significant BLM-managed Federal and Indian minerals filed petitions for judicial review. The litigation has been consolidated and is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming. BLM currently seeks to suspend or delay the final rule until January 17, 2019. Comments on the issue are due by November 6, 2017.

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