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BLM Expected to Release Proposed Methane Emissions Rule

BLMA priority of the oil and gas industry is overturning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) methane venting and flaring rule.

Per a Presidential Executive Order on promoting energy independence and economic growth, the Secretary of the Interior is requested to review the subject rule for consistency with the Administration’s policy. Since the methane rule does not align with current policy, BLM has been moving forward with plans to revise the subject rule. BLM submitted its proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in November. The proposed rule was cleared by OMB on February 8 and is expected to be released within the next two months.

BLM finalized the original rule in December 2016 requiring oil and gas producers on public and tribal land to cut well flaring in half and to limit storage tank venting. Industry has expressed concern with the rule indicating the added cost of compliance could lead to the shutting in of a significant number of wells on federal lands, reducing domestic energy production and decreasing revenues to the U.S. Treasury.

PESA will work with the American Petroleum Institute and other trade associations as the issue moves in the regulatory arena. If you have any questions, please contact PESA Senior Director Public Policy, Jean Gould.