RESPONSE to Interior Department proposal to delay methane waste rule

Oct 4, 2017

October 4, 2017

DENVER—The Department of the Interior announced today it will seek a delay in implementing the methane waste rule. Finalized by the Bureau of Land Management in 2016, the methane waste rule would require oil and gas operations on public lands to detect and prevent the leaking, venting and flaring of natural gas. An effort to eliminate the rule entirely was recently defeated in the United States Senate by a vote of 51-49. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn:

“Secretary Zinke is simply checking another item off the oil and gas industry’s wish list. In delaying these commonsense safeguards, the Interior Department is admitting it will deprive taxpayers of millions in revenue for energy produced on American public lands and send more pollution into the air.

“After a bipartisan majority in the Senate voted against eliminating this rule, Secretary Zinke is making it clear to his industry backers that he will finish the job.”