One promising hallmark of President Donald Trump’s tenure has been the ability of federal courts to check his administration’s impulsive actions.
A recent appeals court ruling on methane emissions is an important example. By a 2-1 margin, the U.S. Court of Appealsfor the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new methane emissions standards for oil and gas wells.
The EPA had delayed implementation of the new rule for 90 days and has proposed extending that delay for another two years. The court found this was a smoke screen for repealing the rule without following the appropriate process.