Toolkit: Defend pollution protections with the BLM Methane Rule

Stop the Secretary Zinke from killing pollution protections

Once again Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, following the direction of President Trump, is taking aim at eliminating the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste prevention rule.

The rule is a top target for Trump administration, following a push for fossil fuels development above all else on public lands. The federal 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. Secretary Zinke recently issued a proposal to delay BLM’s methane rule for a year, allowing millions of dollars of taxpayer money to go up in flames as millions of tons of pollution enters our air.

This is not the first time this rule has been challenged. Since it was adopted in 2016 there have been multiple lawsuits led by the fossil fuel industry and Congress has attempted to intercede with a seldom used process called the Congressional Review Act.

All of these attempts have failed, but that has not deterred Secretary Zinke, the Trump Administration, or the fossil fuel industry from trying again to eliminate this rule.


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Voice up! Action steps for being heard:

Now is the key moment to tell Secretary Zinke to side with the American people other polluters. 

Send Secretary Zinke a comment before Nov. 6: Click here to submit a comment to

  Facts to include in your comment:

  • More than $330 million in gas is wasted each year on public lands.
  • Taxpayers stand to lose $800 million over the next decade without this rule.
  • Wasted natural gas is a major source of air pollution that is hazardous to human health.
  • Keeping this rule in place will ensure companies capture these resources and provide Americans with cost-effective energy.
  • 81% of western voters support this rule.
  • The BLM methane rule creates jobs—there are nearly 80 companies in the U.S. creating American jobs by preventing waste.


Social media tools

Use Facebook and Twitter to share information on the BLM methane rule with your followers and catch the attention of Secretary Zinke (@Secretary ZInke) or your Congress members by tagging them in your tweet.

Click on the social media icons to tweet or post from your account.

Sample tweets:

Stop pollution & keep the BLM methane rule on our public lands, @SecretaryZinke! #cutmethane

With the oil industry’s blessing, @SecretaryZinke moves to gut clean air protections on public lands

Stop oil & gas companies from polluting our #cleanair & wasting our resources on public lands #cutmethane

Keep environmental protections in place to stop methane pollution & waste from drilling #ActOnClimate 


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Sample Facebook post

ACT NOW! Secretary Zinke wants to gut clean air protections--making it easier for the oil and gas industry to pollute and waste on our public lands. Tell him NO WAY:



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Sign our petition and send an email to your senator

Use our action alert to send a note to your senator to inform them about the importance of the clean air protections and the BLM methane rule. Remember that the most effective letters are those that have been personalized.  Be sure to edit your note with information about why protecting this oil and gas reform matters to you.


 Talk to your senator in person 

If your senator has a town hall or public meeting in the near future, it would be an excellent time to generate some pressure (in person) to OPPOSE any attacks on clean air protections on public lands. Check out the Town Hall Project or Legistorm. You can also find your senator’s closest district office and request a small group meeting with your senator or district staff.

Suggested questions:

  • Will Sen. __ commit to standing up for taxpayers and his/her constituents by voting against any measures against the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management Natural Gas Waste Rule?
  • Does Sen. __ support squandering up to $800 million over the next 10 years by continuing to waste natural gas that is owned by all Americans?
  • Shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to prevent the waste of taxpayer resources?  
  • Where is Sen. ___?  Isn’t this the in-state work period?  Why isn’t s/he here to meet with us?  

After the town hall or in-person meeting is over, share everything on social media (example hashtags) and speak to the local media. 


Submit a letter to a newspaper

Writing a letter to the editor or op-ed is a great way to get visibility for our issue and have it put directly before your Congress member.

More than 150 protesters gathered outside of Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner's Durango office demanding he show support for the BLM methane rule in February 2017.

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