For immediate release: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Contact: Camilla Feibelman, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.
BLM Finalizes Methane Rule Delay
Thursday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finalized his delay of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention rule until January 2019. The rule was designed to limit the waste of $330 million-dollars worth of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands each year through leaks, flaring and intentional releases.
“Why would Secretary Zinke and President Trump roll back good-neighbor rules that stop oil and gas waste and pollution on our public lands? In New Mexico we suffer from $27 million a year in lost revenues and royalties for the state because of industry carelessness. The methane rules that the administration is delaying today would require companies extracting on our public lands to check their leaks and fix them and capture natural gas they are currenting leaking, venting or flaring. These low cost fixes are health-improving, job-creating, royalty-producing and are good for our communities.” Camilla Feibelman, Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club
Response to delay of health-protecting methane safeguards