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Key Vote: Methane CRA
Vote h78-2017

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This week, the House of Representatives is set to vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution nullifying the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulation for methane venting and flaring . We urge Representatives to vote YES on the BLM methane resolution.

The Congressional Review Act allows for Congress to halt certain regulatory actions. Congress can pass a joint resolution of disapproval for a rule within 60 legislative days of publication and prohibit agencies from enacting any substantially similar rules. The BLM methane rule, which was finalized in November 2016, is a prime example of costly regulatory excess and is ripe for review under the CRA. According to the American Action Forum, this rule will cost $1.8 billion.

The BLM methane rule would require the oil and gas sector to take unnecessarily costly measures to reduce methane emissions on federal lands by up to 45 percent by 2025. However the rule would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by a mere 0.0092 percent, making this “all economic pain for no environmental gain” rule the poster child for excessive and unnecessary government regulation.

Furthermore, this regulation ignores the significant strides that the industry is already making. According to the EPA, methane emissions fell by 13 percent from 2011—2014—a time when natural gas production significantly increased. In addition, methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing fell by 81 percent from 2012—2014. We don’t need a federal regulation to force oil and gas producers to control their methane emissions—methane itself is a versatile fuel source and valuable commodity.

The BLM methane rule is an unnecessary regulation that will destroy jobs and make energy more expensive for American families. Representatives should vote YES on the CRA resolutions to repeal the BLM’s methane rule.


AEA Position: Yes
Vote result on 2017-02-03

Passed

221 to 191

  • VOTED YES
  • VOTED NO
  • DID NOT VOTE

Key Vote: Methane CRA

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