Daines Slams BLM’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) newly issued methane and waste prevention rule that stifles Montana’s energy future. 

“This is yet another example of the Obama administration getting dangerously close to regulating this industry out of business in the U.S.,” Daines stated. “I look forward to seeing President-elect Trump and Congress stop this assault on energy innovation.” 

Alan Olson, Montana Petroleum Association: “The Montana Petroleum Association and their member producing companies are extremely disappointed that the Bureau of Land Management has concluded rulemaking on venting and flaring of natural gas. The State of Montana adopted rules regarding venting, flaring, and waste of gas in the 1980’s recognizing gas as a resource to conserve. Many other states have also enacted rules to conserve natural gas resources while also taking into account the financial and environmental burdens to the oil and gas operator. If the goal is to shut down the small independent operator, this is the tool to do it.”

On April 14, 2016, Daines pressed the Obama administration on burdensome costs to American innovation and that further stifle oil and gas production in Montana while having a miniscule impact on global climate change.