Judge: Trump delay of Obama coal rule was illegal


September 1, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration illegally delayed an Obama-era rule intended to increase royalty payments to taxpayers from oil, gas and coal extraction on federal lands, a judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte, however, stopped short Wednesday of reinstating the Obama rule.

Laporte noted that the Trump administration revoked the rule, with the revocation taking effect on Sept. 6.

The judge said reinstating the Obama rule for a few days would disrupt the mining industry by requiring it to switch gears to the old rule in a short time.

But Laporte agreed with th...

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