Op-eds and Columns

Penn Live Op-ed: Plugging the pipes: Natural gas companies should work with EPA to reduce leaks

We understand the value of the resources under our feet and the hard work invested in obtaining them. We’re not people to put up with unfair prices and waste resources. So, why are we literally letting tons of natural gas float away?

In 2015, the state calculated that 112,100 tons of methane from unconventional (hydrofracked) wells went to waste, unused due to leakages in our gas wells. And that’s on the low side; an outside estimate suggested we may in fact be losing five times as much.

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The Christian Post Op-ed: Will Trump Listen to Americans Instead of Fossil Fuel Friends?

The Interior Department is currently reviewing comments on its proposed plan to dismantle a standard that would limit methane leaks and flaring from petroleum and natural gas wells on Federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the past few weeks that open comments have been accepted, almost 45,000 pro-life Christians submitted 10% of the total comments received, all of them telling Secretary Zinke and the Trump Administration to preserve the rule.

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Penn Live Op-ed: The shale industry is letting an important resource go up in smoke

Pennsylvania’s constitution reads: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.”

Yet, presently, the natural gas extraction industry is literally setting fire to public resources, and deny the public a fair share of resources.

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The Columbus Dispatch Op-ed: Harriett Jane Olson: Reduce methane emissions for Earth’s sake

As a child, I was concerned about pollution and how we care for God’s creation. Now, as CEO of United Methodist Women, I am part of an 800,000-member organization that has worked to care for creation for decades and for the welfare of women, children and youth for almost 150 years.

As women of faith, we believe we have a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation. Helping to stem climate change is a priority for us because of this charge to care for creation and because women, children and young people in vulnerable communities are the hardest hit by the impact of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.

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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.

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