12 Feb '18, 10pm

BREAKING: BLM proposes to gut waste prevention standards

(WASHINGTON– February 12, 2018) Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a proposal to effectively gut waste prevention standards adopted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2016. The 2016 rule requires oil and gas companies operating on federal and tribal lands to take commonsense and cost-effective measures to reduce preventable leaks and venting of methane, the primary component of natural gas. Under the proposal released today, most of those protections would be rescinded – returning BLM to pre-2016 policies that are almost forty years old and that BLM previously found resulted in “unacceptably high” levels of waste. “The BLM rule has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress and across the West. Despite this broad support, Secretary Zinke has repeatedly tried to unwind these critical protections. The proposal he put forward today would only serve to rew...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/media/blm-proposes-gut-waste-preventi...

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