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Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Natural Gas Methane Rules

Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Natural Gas Methane Rules

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has released its final rule on methane emissions from natural gas production on federal lands — a rule aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and raising more revenues for the benefit of taxpayers.

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BLM Rule Aims to Streamline Renewable Energy Development. The Wind Industry Says It Won’t Work.

A rule intended to streamline renewable energy development on federal lands was finalized by the Bureau of Land Management last week. Both the wind and solar industries have raised concerns.

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Business Groups Attack Oil & Gas Flaring Rule

A new rule to reduce methane emissions by limiting venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands would “deprive manufacturers and other energy consumers of critical energy supplies, increase operating costs and threaten international competitiveness,” according to several business associations including the National Association of Manufacturers and … Read more »

BLM Takes a Step Forward on Methane from Existing Oil and Gas Operations on Public Lands, EPA Should Follow Suit Nationwide

Earlier this year, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed new standards to address waste of natural gas from oil and gas operations on American public lands. As natural gas is made up of methane – a highly potent greenhouse gas – this waste is an important contributor to … Read more »

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Methane Emissions Rule Targets Oil & Gas Flaring

A new rule to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas has been proposed by the US Interior Department today. The methane emissions proposal would limit venting, flaring and leaking from oil and gas operations on public and American Indian lands. It would also “provide a fair return on public resources … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cooling Water, Mercury, SCOTUS Air Pollution Case

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will delay publication of its final cooling water intake rule for power plants and industrial facilities until Nov. 20, citing the government shutdown in October, Bloomberg BNA said. The agency was required by a 2010 legal agreement with environmental group Riverkeeper to issue the … Read more »