Friday's D3 Daily Action - Defend the BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule
The BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule was created to reduce pollution and resource waste on public and tribal lands.
Now, Trump's Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants to delay it's implementation.
The Rule called for the adoption of methane mitigation technology on oil and gas operations on Bureau of Land Management and tribal lands. By reducing methane flaring, venting, and leaking from oil and gas operations, we reduce asthma-inducing VOCs and carcinogenic benzene emissions, shrink impacts on neighboring communities, limit powerful methane greenhouse gas emissions, and save money -- a whole lot of it.
Every day, oil and gas operations waste enough natural gas to heat 500,000 U.S. homes. Every year, they waste $330 million of natural gas from public lands as they cut costs and flare and vent unwanted gas. Over a decade, that adds up to $3.3 billion, of which $800 million would be paid as royalties to taxpayers.
Guess Who Doesn't Like the Rule?
The American Petroleum Institute and Koch Brothers, for two. Oil and gas collectively spends over $100 million a year lobbying Congress, and has found more than a few representatives happy to answer their call. Former Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was one of them prior to his appointment by Trump to head the Department of the Interior.
Public comment period for the Bureau of Land Management rule review period closes soon.
Our friends at the Western Organization of Western Resource Councils have created a handy form to register your opposition to the delay of the rule.
Click here to Defend the Natural Gas Waste Rule and send your comments to the BLM!
Stay Strong America!