Op-eds and Columns

Denver Post Op-ed: Ryan Zinke’s wrong turn on methane flaring

Here in Colorado, we value our public lands, open spaces, recreational opportunities, and the conservation of our natural resources. So why then are energy companies setting fire to our precious public resources and revenues?

As President Barack Obama wrapped up his second term in office, the federal government put in place a common-sense rule requiring oil and gas companies developing on public lands to capture methane emissions and fix leaks in their wells and pipelines to prevent the loss of this potent gas. The rule served two important purposes: prevent the needless waste of American energy and ensure a fair return on royalties when publicly-owned resources are developed. And perhaps more importantly, the rule would help cut pollution and protect the air we all breathe.

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Las Cruces Sun News Op-ed: Rollback of methane rule is bad for southern New Mexico

I know southern New Mexico needs all the funding we can get right now to provide for our families and communities. That is why I am so opposed to a proposal from U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that would mean millions of dollars in wasted New Mexico natural resources and less funding for urgent needs like roads and schools.

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The Bismarck Tribune Op-ed: Hearings needed on methane rule

Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed destructive rollbacks to the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention rule, which aims to prevent methane waste and limit wasteful flaring of natural gas on public and tribal lands. What’s worse is that BLM’s own analysis, shows that their latest proposal to replace the 2016 rule would actually reduce natural gas supply from federal lands and would cost Americans more than $1 billion in wasted natural gas and pollution.

The Marietta Times Op-ed: Ohioans deserve clean air and responsible development

In the viewpoint published on March 17th Dr. Robert Chase presents a false choice between the economic benefits of oil and gas development and clean air protections for Ohio communities. The truth is that we can both encourage a more responsible energy industry and protect our air.

Deseret News Op-ed: The dangers of Secretary Zinke’s proposal

As a recreation-business owner and resident of Utah, I’ve spent significant time exploring the beautiful public lands our state has to offer. Many of my fondest memories come from times I’ve spent with friends and loved ones exploring our state’s pristine public lands. That’s why I opened my business, Poison Spider Bicycles, in Moab — to help others enjoy the beauty of Utah just as I have.

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The Hill Op-ed: Industry should comply with the Methane Waste Prevention Rule

Before leaving office, President Obama instituted a rule limiting the oil and gas industry’s wasting of natural gas on public and tribal lands. The standard, formally known as the Methane Waste Prevention Rule, was a set of commonsense updates – such as requiring companies to detect and fix leaky equipment – projected to bring in an additional $23 million annually in royalties to states, tribes and federal taxpayers, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 950,000 cars off the road.

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The Hill LTE: Scott Pruitt’s words don’t match his actions on dangers of methane pollution

As a nurse, I recognize the important role that clean air, clean water, and a clean environment have in protecting the health of all Americans. My nurse colleagues and I look to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow its mission of protecting public health and the environment.

Recently, the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acknowledged that methane pollution is a potent greenhouse gas. Unfortunately, his actions over the course of the last year have sharply contradicted his newfound recognition of this problem.

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The Gazette Op-ed: Nation needs the BLM methane rule

If not for a one-year delay put in place by the current administration, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention rule would have gone into effect last week. The rule should have provided greater protections for taxpayers and reduced waste by increasing the capture and sale of natural gas from public lands. Instead, BLM is allowing industry to continue wasteful practices that are within its power to prevent – at taxpayers’ expense.

Missoulian Op-ed: Without BLM methane rule, natural gas going up in flames

If not for a one-year delay put in place by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane waste prevention rule would have gone into effect this week. The rule should have provided greater protections for taxpayers across the country, including Montanans, and reduced waste by increasing the capture and sale of natural gas from public lands. Instead, the Interior Department is allowing industry to continue wasteful practices that are within its power to prevent — at taxpayers’ expense.

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Salon Op-ed: Trump’s regulators: Eager servants of oil and gas, at our expense

Eleven months into the Trump administration, it’s worth seriously pondering the question: Does Donald Trump have something against clean air? Did a smogless day insult his mother, and now he’s out for revenge? It seems silly, but it’s hard not to wonder when the Trump administration seems so determined to roll back every bit of progress the Obama administration made when it comes to reducing air pollution and hopefully slowing down the rate of global warming.

(OK, it’s probably that Trump just hates Obama that much.)

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