After protesters disrupted construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota by chaining themselves to construction equipment and pitching tents along the route, oil and chemical companies found a way to keep it from happening again. They made it a crime. An EPA plan would end oversight of methane leaks at oil wells, a move that risks undermining the climate sales pitch for natural gas. Texas regulators rejected a rare challenge to gas flaring in the state after an oil company argued that a flaring ban would force it to shut in wells, damaging the reservoir and reducing future oil production. Colorado regulators are moving to rein in Weld County in the era of Senate Bill 181, the law that gives more power to local governments to manage energy extraction. At issue is whether cities, counties, and towns can enact rules for drilling that are less restrictive than those at the state level.