A court says the Trump administration broke the law in not enforcing methane-leak rules.

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Yesterday, a judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management acted illegally in suspending enforcement of an Obama-era regulations to plug gas leaks at public land drilling sites. That means that companies operating some 100,000 oil and gas wells suddenly have to scramble to come into compliance.

Methane is 30 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. According to the Los Angeles Times, “The amount of methane escaping each year is enough to provide electricity for nearly 740,000 homes.” And if companies paid royalties on that gas, it would add $23 million to public treasuries.

This is just the latest in a series of wins for Democratic attorneys general, who have managed to stall the Trump Administration’s attempts roll back