A consortium of environmental advocacy groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration over its decision to postpone compliance with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s waste methane rule.

“This administration’s effort to abandon a common-sense, waste preventing rule is bad for taxpayers, bad for people who live near BLM-authorized oil and gas development, and it will only intensify the climate crisis,” Peter Hart, staff attorney for the Wilderness Workshop, said in a press release issued Tuesday.

“We will continue working with our partners to ensure that the rule is not abandoned, and that the protections it affords to local economies, public health, and the climate are realized,” he said. “This is about good public policy and responsible stewardship of our public lands as well as mineral resources that we all own.”

Wilderness Workshop joins about a dozen other groups in challenging the latest move to postpone compliance under the federal Waste Prevention Rule.

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