Special interests lose as natural gas waste rule stands
Senators stood up for taxpayers and their health when they voted not to move forward with a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block rules issued by the Bureau of Land Management to limit natural gas waste from the oil and gas sector. This recently adopted rule cuts natural gas waste on federal and tribal lands, help ensure a fair return to tribal governments, put our energy resources to good use, and clean up our air.
This vote is the first in this Congress to have been brought up by the majority and failed, confirming that the Trump administration, and their supporters in Congress and the oil and gas industry misread the American public's appetite for rolling back important protections.
Key news outlets have run editorials, op-eds and letters in support of the Senate vote:
- Bangor Daily News: Three Republicans stopped a methane rule rollback. They must continue to buck Trump.
- Inforum: Heitkamp: Why I voted to uphold BLM methane flaring rule
- Santa Fe New Mexican: Our view: Methane rules: A welcome victory
- Denver Post: On BLM methane rule, Michael Bennet got it right and Cory Gardner got it wrong
Learn more about why these rules are important in EDF's blog posts.
Senator Udall lays out a clear case for supporting the BLM methane waste rule.
EDF Action ads thank Senators who voted to protect the BLM methane waste rule
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