Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette Praises Senate Vote to Preserve Methane Rule

May 10, 2017
Press Release

Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) praised the Senate’s 51-49 vote this morning to retain a key Bureau of Land Management waste prevention rule that keeps methane emissions in check.

“I’m heartened that the Senate has shown its support for this rule, affirming our nation’s commitment to environmental and consumer protection,” DeGette said. “Overturning it would have reversed key progress in making our air and lands cleaner while also saving taxpayer money by reducing waste.  I hope this is the start of a lasting, successful effort to block the Trump administration’s rollback of smart environmental policies.”

In finalizing this rule last November, the Bureau of Land Management sought to reduce the wasteful and harmful release of methane, a potent climate pollutant, from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. Congresswoman DeGette was instrumental in establishing the rule and sent a letter in March 2016 to then-BLM Director Neil G. Kornze urging its implementation.

The methane rule was developed after extensive outreach to key stakeholders on public and tribal lands and coordination with the EPA to avoid conflicting regulations.  All but 11 House Republicans voted to pass the resolution to overturn it in February. In the Senate, the motion was blocked unanimously by Democrats and Independents, who were joined by Republican Senators McCain (AZ), Susan Collin (ME) and Lindsay Graham (SC) in voting no.