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Statement on House vote to eliminate natural gas waste rules for drilling on public lands

DENVER—Today the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule, which limits flaring and venting from drilling operations on public lands. A vote by the Senate is expected next week. If signed by the president, this Congressional Review Act would eliminate the BLM’s methane rule and block the agency from issuing “substantially similar” rules in the future.

The Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn following the vote:

“The House of Representatives checked the box on another major agenda item for big oil and gas corporations at the expense of American taxpayers.

“Westerners don’t want to see natural gas wasted, but this vote would give oil and gas companies the green light to do just that. Rolling back these rules will simply let natural gas go up in smoke.”

New public opinion research from Colorado College finds 81 percent of Western voters favor keeping in place rules to reduce methane waste from drilling on public lands.

For more information, visit To speak with an expert on public lands, contact Jesse Prentice-Dunn at 720-204-1886 or


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