The United States Senate today voted to utilize the Congressional Review Act to reinstate regulations preventing unnecessary methane leaks in the oil and gas industry, which were rolled back by the Trump administration. In response the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:
“Preventing unnecessary methane leaks is a no brainer; it’s good for workers, communities, the environment, and the economy. Nobody benefited from rolling back this regulation and reinstating it is the right move.
“We know that full deployment of existing practices and technologies at new and modified oil and gas facilities will reduce methane emissions in the United States and could create 50,000 jobs over the next ten years. As our nation works to build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, throwing away tens of thousands of good-paying jobs manufacturing and installing the technology needed to stop leaks that are wasteful and unnecessary would be senseless.”