Court Scraps DOI Royalty Rule Repeal, Signaling Warning For EPA Rollbacks

April 15, 2019
A federal district court has vacated the Trump administration’s repeal of an Obama-era rule to determine fossil fuel royalties after it found the Interior Department (DOI) failed to state valid reasons for the new policy, with sources saying the ruling could serve as a warning for several pending EPA rollbacks of the prior administration’s policies. The April 12 order in State of California, et al. v. DOI, et al., finds that DOI’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) “committed...

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