Rolling back the methane waste rule -- at taxpayers' expense -- makes no sense

Oct 4, 2017

Methane flaring in Colorado. 

Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a proposal to exempt oil and gas companies from complying with provisions of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule that was finalized in November 2016.

The proposal to suspend the methane rule will appear in tomorrow's Federal Register and will kick off a 30-day public comment period.

The Methane Waste and Prevention Rule aims to reduce natural gas waste—estimated to cost taxpayers more than $330 million a year—and its associated methane pollution from all oil and gas operations on lands the BLM leases to companies for drilling. Eliminating this rule speaks to a new age under Trump, where fossil fuel interests rank first on the nation's public lands.

From The Wilderness Society’s Jenny Kordick, Energy & Climate Campaign Advocacy Director:

“Rolling back BLM’s methane waste rule makes no sense and is yet another example of the lengths this administration will go to sell out our public lands. The Interior Department is already chronically underfunded, so it is outrageous that its limited resources are being used to overturn a commonsense rule that will keep American energy from being wasted at taxpayer expense.”

Contact: Jenny Kordick, jenny_kordick@tws.org