Senate now proposing to use CRA to undo BLM's wasted gas rule

Jan 30, 2017

Natural gas is flared into the air. 

Mason Cummings, TWS
On Jan. 30, 2017, a resolution of disapproval on the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule was introduced in the U.S. Senate under the little-used Congressional Review Act.

BLM’s rule ensures that oil and gas companies use the most up-to-date technologies and practices to minimize the amount of methane—the largest component of natural gas—wasted when gas is extracted from our public lands.

Congress is proposing to use the CRA, which would not only repeal this commonsense regulation, but also prevent this administration or any other in the future from regulating waste and the associated pollution from oil and gas development on federal lands.

In response, The Wilderness Society released this statement from President Jamie Williams:

“Those in Congress working to overturn guidelines that will reduce methane pollution would be taking money away from American taxpayers and removing protections for Americans’ health and the environment.

“More than $1.5 billion in natural gas has been pointlessly burned and sent into the air since 2013, and the resulting pollution has affected, and continues to affect, hundreds of thousands of people. It defies common sense for Congress to allow companies to waste our resources and ditch basic safeguards limiting the release of harmful methane pollution.

“Americans don't support selling out our health and clean air to benefit corporate interests. It is unconscionable that elected representatives see harm in trying to capture more of our homegrown energy, instead of wasting it.”