IPAA, Western Energy Alliance welcome suspension of Obama-era venting and flaring rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance today welcomes the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) suspension of an Obama administration final rule regulating venting and flaring from oil and natural gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

“We’re pleased the Bureau of Land Management suspended an eleventh-hour Obama-era regulation aimed at shutting in marginal-producing wells, putting independent oil and gas producers, their livelihoods, and the considerable federal royalties generated from their businesses at jeopardy,” said Barry Russell, president and CEO of the IPAA. “This action is a good step in providing our member companies some much-needed certainty as they plan their capital expenditure budgets for the upcoming year. It is never the desire of any company to waste a valuable product that could otherwise be brought to market and sold to the American consumers. IPAA welcomes BLM’s efforts and looks forward to working with the agency as they move forward in the rule-making process to address waste prevention, while safeguarding American jobs and ensuring continued economic growth.”

“We applaud BLM for suspending the venting and flaring rule. It makes no sense for companies to comply with a rule that is being significantly rewritten,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance. “In suspending the rule, BLM has recognizes that it does not have the statutory authority claimed by the Obama Administration. The notice even quotes the federal judge’s clear statement earlier this year that BLM attempted to usurp the Clean Air Act authority of the states and the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite the suspension, industry will continue the long-term trend of reducing methane emissions by nearly 20% while increasing production of natural gas production over 50%,” added Sgamma.

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