Congress is turning its attention to the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which limits venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from oil and gas sites on public and tribal land.
Congress is using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal Obama-era rules. The CRA allows Congress to pass disapproval resolutions to roll back recent rules. It blocks use of the filibuster in the Senate.
Even worse, a successful CRA resolution means no federal agency can put similar protections in place in the future — ever — without permission from Congress.
By needlessly flaring and venting gas, oil companies degrade our air quality, contribute to global climate change, and shortchange the taxpayers and Indian tribes who own the gas and should receive royalties when companies drill for it.
The Environmental Defense Fund estimates that $330 million worth of valuable natural gas is wasted from public and tribal lands every year without this rule.
The new BLM rule says companies can’t waste gas — by venting or flaring — that’s owned by American taxpayers or Native American tribes. Instead, companies have to capture gas, sell it, and pay royalties to the people who own the gas.
You can use the message below to urge your Senators to oppose the resolution against the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule.
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