Here’s the deal. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management passed a rule to crack down on methane leaks from natural gas wells on public lands. As you know, many acres of our public lands are leased to oil and gas companies to drill and frack. Until the rule was passed, there was no regulation preventing companies from leaking methane or restricting the practice of flaring (where drillers burn off excess gas).
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. In fact, it is far more potent than carbon dioxide. If we want to fight climate change and protect our winters, we certainly don’t need more of it in the atmosphere.
The House decided to use the controversial “Congressional Review Act,” designed to kill a regulation created by a different administration, to overturn the Methane Rule. The Rule now needs to go to the Senate, but it’s been delayed. Rumor has it Republicans aren’t sure they have enough votes to kill it. That means we still have time to #PhoneItIn.
If you’re from COLORADO, MAINE, OHIO, NORTH DAKOTA, or NEVADA – we need you! Rumor has that Sen. Gardner, Sen. Collins, Sen. Portman, Sen. Heitkamp, and Sen. Heller are all on the fence.