Obama Administration Releases Final Standards for Methane Pollution on Public Lands

WASHINGTON – The federal Bureau of Land Management today released the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, its final standards for methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

The following is a statement from Meleah Geertsma, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Today's standards are common sense for the economy, the climate and the health of local communities. They rely on proven, low-cost measures to reduce the $330 million worth of methane that is wasted on public lands every year. In addition to cutting potent climate emissions, they will reduce some of the toxic chemicals that pollute the air along with it. We must continue to move forward to address this pressing, nationwide problem.”


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