BLM rule delay defies Congress’ will, harms taxpayers, public health, environment
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–June 14, 2017. Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced plans to indefinitely delay implementation of key parts of the BLM methane waste rule beyond the original compliance date of January 18, 2018. The rule calls for leak detection and repair with affordable, off-the-shelf technologies, and restricts venting (deliberately releasing to the atmosphere), and flaring (burning off unused) of methane by oil and gas companies on public lands. The delay would give the industry a pass on gearing up now to take the steps required by the rule to stop this waste.
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