The Wilderness Society Statement on new BLM natural gas waste rule

Jan 22, 2016
The following statement was issued today by Josh Mantell, The Wilderness Society’s carbon management campaign manager:

“The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

“For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

“In addition to protecting our energy resources and revenue, these guidelines would have the added benefit of reducing pollution that causes disease and emissions that contribute to climate change. In fact, methane, the main component of natural gas, is exponentially more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. And significantly, this rule will cover existing sources, as well as new and modified facilities.

“When finalized, guidelines on natural gas waste will help modernize oil and gas development on federal lands and ensure that public resources are used for public good. We applaud Secretary Jewell and the Obama Administration for taking action, and look forward to examining the proposal in depth.”

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.   


Sarah Graddy, Communications Manager, (202) 429-2633,

Joshua Mantell, Carbon Management Campaign Manager, (202) 429-2674,

Sarah Graddy
(202) 429-2633