STATEMENT: Rejection of the Methane CRA a Win for Taxpayers, Public Lands, and Clean Air, Says CAP’s Christy Goldfuss

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Senate voted against using the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s, or BLM’s, methane and waste prevention rule. Center for American Progress Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss issued the following statement:

The Senate vote is a decisive win for taxpayers, public lands, and clean air. Even the deep pockets of the oil and gas industry were not convincing enough for senators to permanently scrap the commonsense protections against harmful methane emissions.

The BLM crafted a smart rule that not only reduced the waste of valuable energy resources but also ensured that the American taxpayer did not lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties every year.

I applaud the 51 senators who listened to the American people today and did the right thing for our public health and our climate.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Tom Caiazza at tcaiazza@americanprogress.org or 202.481.7141.