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Polis statement on finalization of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

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Washington, November 15, 2016 | comments

Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s finalization of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The final rule will update a 30-year old regulation that for decades has permitted the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands. The guidance updates regulations for natural gas venting, flaring, and leaks. Additionally, the rule ensures operators are accountable to the taxpayers for royalties on flared gas. 

“Scientists and climate experts have known for decades that methane emissions have a negative and devastating impact on our climate,” Polis said. “For years I’ve found it troubling that we regulate these leaking and harmful pollutants with a 30-year old regulation. The Methane and Waste Prevention Rule is a commonsense step to prevent the release of these harmful emissions on public lands at an accelerated rate. I commend U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Administration for their commitment to update this rule and for making the necessary changes to protect our planet.”

Rep. Polis serves on the Committee of Natural Resources and has advocated for restricting the amount of methane released in the environment. In March, Polis joined 75 Democratic Members of Congress in writing to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, encouraging the agency to finalize proposed rules for new and modified sources of methane emission and to develop proposals to regulate existing sources of methane in the oil and gas industry.

Polis has also continued his efforts to protect communities and increase transparency in oil and gas drilling by offering the BREATHE amendment - which he has introduced every Congress since 2011 - the BREATHE amendment would change  the aggregation provision  under the Clean Air Act and add hydrogen sulfide to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants.


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