Op-eds and Columns

Post Independent LTE: Time for Zinke to listen

About one year ago, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to uphold common-sense standards that reduce methane waste, which not only protect public health but provide much needed local revenue to western communities.

Now, a year later, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the whole Trump administration are still disregarding the public’s will and are continuing to try and sell off rural America’s public health and economic potential to special interests by gutting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) methane waste rule.

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Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: A strong BLM methane rule protects our children

Almost 45,000 pro-life Christians have submitted comments to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to weaken methane pollution standards on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Why have we become involved? It’s simple: we want to protect the unborn, who are disproportionately impacted by the pollution Secretary Zinke’s actions will increase if he moves forward with his plan.

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Morning Consult Op-ed: Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule Faces Uncertain Future

A year ago this week, we experienced one of the only true victories for taxpayers and clean air of the Trump administration.

In its rush to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, Congress sought to utilize the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which was designed to prevent leaks and collect royalties on wasted methane gas from federal lands. After easily passing in the House, the Senate was on the verge of approving it, as well, when in a moment of tremendous leadership, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) bucked their colleagues and joined every Democratic senator in opposing the efforts of special interests to gut the rule.

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The Hill Op-ed: Codifying needless waste: The Bureau of Land Management methane failure

Today is the last day to submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the issue of lost gas at the taxpayer’s expense. In February of this year, the BLM proposed a rule that, if finalized, would reinstate outdated guidance that has led to the needless loss of billions of taxpayer dollars from natural gas production over the past 35 years. The country has the largest debt relative to the economy since World War II, revenues are declining, and deficits are growing. This is no time to give away billions of dollars to profitable businesses.

Billings Gazette LTE: Methane rule to prevent waste was years in the making

I thank the Billings Gazette for the April 1 editorial opposing the proposed rollback of Bureau of Land Management’s methane and waste prevention rule, which provides critical protections against the unnecessary waste of natural gas which is owned by you, me and the entirety of the American public.

The Bismarck Tribune LTE: BLM methane rule will help state

I would like to set the record straight on some of the untruths set forth by Ron Ness in his piece deriding the BLM methane waste prevention rule. First off, Ness says that the rule was a “last minute rule” passed by the Obama administration.

This is a creative play on words by Ness. Yes, the BLM rule was passed at the end of the Obama administration, but only after more than six years of study, four listening sessions, four public hearings and more than 300,000 public comments.

The Daily Sentinel Op-ed: It’s not too late to tell Interior to keep methane rule in place

As a fourth generation Grand Valley native and local business owner, I believe in common sense and good business practices. As such, I see Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s proposed revision of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste prevention rule as a huge step backward in our advancement of drilling science and technology and a serious threat to both our environment and our national resources.

The Salt Lake Tribune Op-ed: Federal oil and gas rule rollback is bad news for Utah’s air

Oil and gas air pollution is a serious problem in Utah, but a new rulemaking from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intended to roll back recently finalized waste and pollution reduction measures is bad news for clean air and for state revenue.

Albuquerque Journal Op-ed: Proposed oil and gas rules a threat to health

As a retired city manager I know that New Mexico’s municipalities can always use more revenue for important needs. A big source of that funding is the taxes and royalties assessed on oil and gas development. Then why is the Trump administration pushing a proposal that will – by its own assessment – mean more waste and less revenue for New Mexico?

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The Hill Op-ed: Why the BLM methane rule works for industry and taxpayers

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in North Dakota recently addressing the North Dakota Republican Convention.

Conspicuously, during his 14-minute speech, he avoided mentioning his day job as land manager of America’s vast and spectacular national public lands, including the energy development that happens on those lands. He also didn’t mention his work to repeal guidelines that ought to be saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars by preventing the waste of the public’s natural gas resources and supporting good-paying jobs in the methane mitigation industry.

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