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house Bill H. Joint Res. 36

Should the BLM’s “Methane Rule” be Repealed?

Argument in favor

There are already numerous federal and state rules covering methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The BLM’s rule is duplicative, and should be overturned to avoid unnecessary regulatory burdens that impede energy development and job creaton.

operaman's Opinion
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02/02/2017
If Obama had his hand in this decision, and he did, then repeal or nullify this BLM rule. Since Fracking was found safe, with conditions, the EPA was put on hold. This Methane Rule was to affect oil production above ground by inhibiting "non-captured" methane gas to be burned in a process called "flaring." A process used in the production of oil products. In a way, the Eternal Flame at President John Kennedy grave site uses natural gas. This gas burning produces CO2 and water vapor. But this Methane Rule was meant to shut down oil production on the US, but not in any other oil producing nation. This flaring is like the natural gas burners on your home cooktop or oven. Methane is a major component of natural gas. Obama control via Socialism by any means possible. Maybe the US should outlaw natural gas and any form of electricity produced by oil or gas. That's correct- no heating in winter or cooked food. And you can't cheat by using wood products for either.
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Aelred's Opinion
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02/03/2017
Stand with the environment and sustainable and green jobs.
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Loraki's Opinion
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02/02/2017
UPDATE: Senate fails to kill Obama methane rule that had looked doomed [excerpt] The Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting against the rule were Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-senate-balks-at-killing-obama-methane-1494430888-htmlstory.html _________________________________ Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced this bill to stop the BLM’s “Methane Rule,” which he called “one of the most egregious abuses of power from the Obama administration designed to shut down responsible energy development on our federal lands.” In fact, the BLM & EPA are guilty of many abuses of power, but then that was the hallmark of the ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION! I thank God Trump was elected instead of Hillary, who would be as terrible a POTUS (if not worse!) as Barack Hussein Obama! I agree with Rep. Bishop! It's part of the Democrats' and environmental extremists' war on fossil fuels, when we OUGHT to be doing everything we can to become energy INDEPENDENT! God made the Earth & its resources for mankind; He didn't make mankind for the Earth and its resources. Fossil fuels are BLESSINGS FROM GOD! I believe we should be good stewards of what God gave us, but a lot of environmentalists give me the impression that they worship the Earth, rather than its (and our) Creator! The whole Gaia movement is pure unadulterated IDOLATRY!
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Argument opposed

The BLM’s “Methane Rule” reduces wasteful emissions of natural gas that need to be captured and sold so that the federal government can collect royalties that in turn fund vital operations. Undoing this regulation would be a step back for taxpayers and the environment.

Jason's Opinion
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02/02/2017
I work for an Engineering firm specializing in the Oil & Gas industry. I've personally witnessed the devastating effects of methane gas on the human body. This deadly chemical is visually undetectable, and will often slip by the electronic detection devices used by construction crews. The reduction of regulatory requirements is purposely putting American workers in harms way and risking lives unnecessarily.
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Brynn's Opinion
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02/02/2017
Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas which contributes directly to the warming of the atmosphere. Please vote No on this, and encourage your fellow politicians to do the same.
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Mike's Opinion
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02/02/2017
Please stand up to the oil and gas lobbies and oppose this repeal of necessary safeguards for federal lands
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed February 3rd, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 221 Yea / 191 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2017

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What is House Bill H. Joint Res. 36?

This resolution would reject the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulation on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian land. The “Methane Rule” was finalized during the final days of the Obama administration, and sought to reduce the venting of gas by prohibiting it except in the case of an emergency or if flaring is infeasible. The rule requires operators to capture 85 percent of their gas by early 2018, and by 2026 they’d be required to capture 98 percent of the gas.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overturn regulations issued within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers. It would need to be signed into law by the president to take effect.

Impact

Operators of oil and natural gas extraction facilities; and the BLM.

Cost of House Bill H. Joint Res. 36

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced this bill to stop the BLM’s “Methane Rule,” which he called “one of the most egregious abuses of power from the Obama administration designed to shut down responsible energy development on our federal lands.” He added the following in a press release:

“When unelected bureaucrats and ideological aims supersede congressional intent and responsible regulation — as was the case with this rule — Congress has an obligation to act. This is the first of many steps we will take to cut red tape that is forcing job losses in communities across the country and undercutting our domestic energy resource potential.”

The editorial board of the Denver Post authored an op-ed opposing Congress’s attempt to reject the “Methane Rule” on the grounds that it would “use an ax where it needs a scalpel.” It notes that while flaring has been reduced by 21 percent since 1991 while production grew by 47 percent, that on federal and Indian lands “roughly $444 million of natural gas was vented or flared which would have netted $56 million for taxpayers.”

This legislation has the support of 40 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Joshua Doubeck / Creative Commons)

Official Title

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation".

    If Obama had his hand in this decision, and he did, then repeal or nullify this BLM rule. Since Fracking was found safe, with conditions, the EPA was put on hold. This Methane Rule was to affect oil production above ground by inhibiting "non-captured" methane gas to be burned in a process called "flaring." A process used in the production of oil products. In a way, the Eternal Flame at President John Kennedy grave site uses natural gas. This gas burning produces CO2 and water vapor. But this Methane Rule was meant to shut down oil production on the US, but not in any other oil producing nation. This flaring is like the natural gas burners on your home cooktop or oven. Methane is a major component of natural gas. Obama control via Socialism by any means possible. Maybe the US should outlaw natural gas and any form of electricity produced by oil or gas. That's correct- no heating in winter or cooked food. And you can't cheat by using wood products for either.
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    I work for an Engineering firm specializing in the Oil & Gas industry. I've personally witnessed the devastating effects of methane gas on the human body. This deadly chemical is visually undetectable, and will often slip by the electronic detection devices used by construction crews. The reduction of regulatory requirements is purposely putting American workers in harms way and risking lives unnecessarily.
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    Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas which contributes directly to the warming of the atmosphere. Please vote No on this, and encourage your fellow politicians to do the same.
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    Please stand up to the oil and gas lobbies and oppose this repeal of necessary safeguards for federal lands
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    Stop trying to repeal things that help our planet. This shouldn't even be up for debate.
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    I appreciate that the economy is over-regulated, but methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Frankly, I don't think businesses built on climate change and subsequent human rights abuses deserve to have success in this or any economy.
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    Most of the jackasses who want this thing repealed only feel this way because they would rather vote against their own interests before they admit that a good idea had come out of the Obama administration. These idiots would vote themselves out of a million-dollar pay raise if Obama had to be the one to sign the check. Stop letting your hate obscure your common sense.
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    Repealing this ruling is only in the benefit of large companies. While methane is an important part of our energy sector, please understand that this does not prohibit use, but merely makes sure we are accountable for our actions - i.e. In order to continue to protect ourselves from climate change and pollution, we must ensure low emissions from sources like methane!
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    Climate change is real. We have to act responsibly.
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    I urge you to vote nay on this bill. The environment needs to be protected. We only have one planet and I think we should do everything in our power to protect it.
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    Stand with the environment and sustainable and green jobs.
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    Our species will literally kill itself off if we do not reign in our abuse and waste of the environment.
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    Methane gas is extremely destructive to humans & the environment. How could this even be questioned?
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    UPDATE: Senate fails to kill Obama methane rule that had looked doomed [excerpt] The Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting against the rule were Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-senate-balks-at-killing-obama-methane-1494430888-htmlstory.html _________________________________ Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced this bill to stop the BLM’s “Methane Rule,” which he called “one of the most egregious abuses of power from the Obama administration designed to shut down responsible energy development on our federal lands.” In fact, the BLM & EPA are guilty of many abuses of power, but then that was the hallmark of the ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION! I thank God Trump was elected instead of Hillary, who would be as terrible a POTUS (if not worse!) as Barack Hussein Obama! I agree with Rep. Bishop! It's part of the Democrats' and environmental extremists' war on fossil fuels, when we OUGHT to be doing everything we can to become energy INDEPENDENT! God made the Earth & its resources for mankind; He didn't make mankind for the Earth and its resources. Fossil fuels are BLESSINGS FROM GOD! I believe we should be good stewards of what God gave us, but a lot of environmentalists give me the impression that they worship the Earth, rather than its (and our) Creator! The whole Gaia movement is pure unadulterated IDOLATRY!
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    WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO KILL US?!
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    We need to protect the environment and keep us all as healthy as possible. Please vote NO.
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    Too risky considering all the self serving corporations who don't care about others!
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    planet>profits
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    Oil and gas industries need more intelligent regulation. They won't regulate themselves and their product is a public health risk.
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    We only have ONE planet. Methane is a proven threat to our planet. Unless anyone has an alternate planet to live on, then NAY!
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