The Trump administration is removing restrictions to "please the chemical industry," Earthjustice attorney charges.
The new rules are a “breathtaking" and “illegal” attack on the bedrock conservation law, an Earthjustice attorney said.
Critics say officials are ignoring the potential threat to wildlife and the environment.
“The notion that we, tonight, after 60-plus years, would give up what is a biologically important area ... for what? For oil we don’t need?”
The regulation limits the amount of methane that oil and gas operations can release on federal land.