BLM’s final natural gas rule will help modernize energy development on public lands

Nov 15, 2016

Natural gas is flared, or burned off, in North Park Colorado.

Photo credit: WildEarth Guardians, flickr
Rule will reduce wasted natural gas, protecting air and getting money to taxpayers

November 15, 2016

The Wilderness Society applauds the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management for finalizing their natural gas waste rule today. The rule will help clean up oil and gas operations by reducing the amount of natural gas that companies intentionally release into the air and requiring them to detect and fix gas leaks.

In response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement today of the final rule, The Wilderness Society is releasing the following statement from Josh Mantell, energy and climate campaign manager:

“These guidelines will reduce the unnecessary and capricious waste of American energy. Public resources must be used for the public good, and this rule will put in place standards to ensure taxpayers are seeing their fair share.

“BLM’s wasted gas rule will have the added benefits of reducing both harmful air pollution and powerful emissions like methane that contribute to climate change.

“The Obama administration has been working diligently to ensure that when energy development does occur it is done safely, responsibly and in the right places—with consideration of the importance our public lands hold for the American people, as well as their impact on the climate. This rule is an important component of the administration’s substantial legacy in modernizing development on federal lands.

“We look forward to helping make sure the rule is fully implemented and enforced to have the maximum positive effects for our shared lands and resources.”

Sarah Graddy, Communications Manager, (202) 429-2633,
Joshua Mantell, Energy & Climate Campaign Manager, (202) 429-2674,

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.