Senate Fails to Overturn Methane Waste Rule

ARLINGTON, Virginia | May 10, 2017

The Nature Conservancy released the following statement from Managing Director for Public Policy Lynn Scarlett regarding today’s Senate vote to overturn a Bureau of Land Management rule on methane waste, which failed by a vote of 49-51:

“The Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule is an important step in both reducing emissions of a harmful pollutant and minimizing the waste of a valuable public resource that can be used to heat homes and produce electricity.

“We’re tremendously grateful for the 51 Senators who voted to keep this rule in place today. They demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to their constituents, even at times in the face of significant lobbying pressures. Every Democratic Senator voted to keep the rule, and they were joined by Republican Senators Susan Collins, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. This group of 51 leaders has earned our deepest appreciation.

“Using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the rule would have been far too blunt an instrument to use, when administrative fixes can more effectively address any concerns with the methane waste rule. The Department of the Interior has the authority and the flexibility to revise the rule. Using the CRA would have created uncertainty for energy developers and others and ultimately constrained publicly informed decision processes of the Department of the Interior.

“Thankfully, with the leadership of 51 Senators today, we avoid those outcomes and can instead focus on moving forward to implement and improve the methane waste rule—for the benefit of our lands, waters and citizens.”

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Heather Layman
The Nature Conservancy


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