For Immediate Release
Trump Administration Guts Methane Waste Rule
Twice defeated, Zinke makes third attempt to allow more gas pollution, waste
WASHINGTON - Today the Bureau of Land Management pre-published a rule rescinding most provisions of its 2016 methane waste rule. The original rule required oil and gas companies operating on public lands to take reasonable measures to prevent the waste of publicly owned natural gas. Gutting the rule reintroduces a known public health hazard, fleeces taxpayers, and harms the climate in a misguided attempt to shield billion-dollar fossil fuel companies from the costs of corporate responsibility.
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