Methane Emission Rule Delay by Trump Interior Department

Trump’s Interior Department has decided to delay the methane emissions rule for one year as it considers revising the current oil and gas regulations. The administration is hoping to lessen Bureau of Land Management rules in an effort to decrease energy sector regulations, with the viewpoint of rule overlap occuring between various regulatory agencies. “The BLM ‘wants to avoid imposing temporary or permanent compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or significantly revised in the near future,’ the Interior Department said in a document it will publish in the Federal Register on Thursday.”

Included in the rules that the BLM is planning to delay to January of 2019 are measurement and reporting of gas flared from wells, and surface gas disposal in regards to well completion and drilling.

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