DENVER (AP) — Opponents of Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them.
Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe filed documents Friday and Monday asking the court to reconsider its September decision.
The decision said it would be a waste of time to rule on whether the regulations are legal because the new administration has begun to overturn them.
But the decision cast doubt on whether the regulations are in force in the meantime.
Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming asked the court to reconsider. So did the Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance.