Commentary: Washington, DC -- This morning, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it will suspend key parts of a rule designed to limit methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands. Previously, Congressional Republicans attempted to undo this rule using the Congressional Review Act, but their efforts were thwarted when Senators Collins, Graham, and McCain joined Senate Democrats in voting to preserve this standard.
Lena Moffitt, Senior Director of the Sierra Club's Our Wild America Campaign, released the following statement in response:
“Once again, Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke are showing where their priorities lie: the profits of corporate polluters above all else, including the health of our communities.
“BLM’s methane rule would protect our public lands and communities, and it has already withstood legal challenges and an attempted repeal in Congress. Working behind closed doors to undermine these commonsense protections is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who support them, and to the many communities who will breathe polluted air as a result.”
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