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STATEMENT on Senate failure to eliminate BLM methane waste rule

DENVER—The United States Senate voted 51-49 to reject a Congressional Review Act resolution to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the Trump administration and the oil and gas industry.

Western Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Tom Udall (D-NM) were key in defeating the effort, while previously undecided Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Dean Heller (R-NV) voted in favor of moving forward with the repeal. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“The oil and gas industry tried to buy a win today, but came up short. This vote ensures that less taxpayer-owned natural gas will be wasted, saving all Americans money and giving Westerners cleaner air to breathe.

“Western senators, including Senators McCain, Bennet, and Udall, were key in defeating this misguided attempt. Unfortunately, Senators Gardner and Heller once again proved oil and gas campaign contributions trump the best interests of America’s taxpayers. Today’s vote keeps them at the top of the president’s legislative all-star team.”

Over the course of their careers, Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Dean Heller have accepted more than $1.1 million and $350,000 in donations from the oil and gas industry, respectively.

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