UPDATED 6:50 AM PT — Tues. February 13, 2018
The White House is repealing an Obama-era rule designed to reduce wasted methane coming from oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
The Interior Department’s bureau of land management said the U.S. needs smarter regulations in order to achieve energy dominance through responsible production methods.
The department said most of the requirements under the 2016 rule are overly burdensome, and were not effective in achieving their goals.
Lawmakers and industry leaders both agree the rules were stifling domestic energy production.
“There are number of cases where emissions have been reduced to very low levels, in some cases below one percent, and in some cases the question is whether the methane emissions coming from the industry are the problem or if the problems are other methane emissions,” explained Marco Alvera, president of the initiative created to showcase the essential role of natural gas, otherwise known as GasNaturally.
The new proposal by the administration would cut some of the regulations, while keeping some intact.
The government will continue measuring the gas released by drillers, while charging them for excessive emissions.