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  • Methane Waste Prevention Rule: Not Dead Yet

    BLM’s Methane Waste Prevention Rule still has life. That is the takeaway from the new judgement by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit – and it’s good news for those who care about the waste of our nation’s precious resources (they belong to all of us), and about the climate.

  • Joint NGO Statement on BLM Methane Rule Circuit Court Victory

    Late last night, a U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction striking down Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s attempt to delay for one year implementation of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule.

  • CATF Statement on BLM Methane Rule Rollback

    Once again, the Trump Administration is running a full-frontal assault on American public lands, the public health, and the environment.

  • CATF Statement on XTO Support for Methane Regulations

    XTO has helpfully moved the conversation on oil and gas air pollution forward by acknowledging the importance of methane regulations, including on existing oil and gas equipment.

  • No Rest for the Winners: Onward in Defense of the BLM Methane Rule

    Last Wednesday, in the midst of CATF’s Staff Retreat, my colleague Jonathan Banks whispered an unexpected update in my ear: “they don’t have the votes.” We bolted out of the room and tuned the nearest TV to C-SPAN, where we checked the status of a procedural motion to proceed to a vote on a Congressional […]

  • Don’t Let the Senate Waste the BLM Methane Rule!

    On February 3, the House of Representatives passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill the Methane Waste Rule — a recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) effort to restrict the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands.  A companion resolution is expected soon in […]

  • Another Important Step Forward: BLM Proposes Long-Awaited Waste Rule

    The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) update to its decades-old regulations that address the waste of natural gas on Federally-managed land has been much anticipated. The wait is over—BLM’s proposed rule has finally been published, and there is much to be excited about in the rule. Why is BLM’s proposal […]

  • Putting Out the Fire: Low-cost Solutions are Available to Prevent Flaring in Tight Oil Fields

    Flaring of associated natural gas from oil wells in shale formations like the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota has been growing rapidly for several years. Some well developers have acted responsibly, ensuring that gas pipelines with enough capacity are in place at wells before oil and gas production begins, thereby […]