The Bureau of Land Management methane rule benefits people throughout North Dakota by reducing the waste of methane at oil and gas production facilities because of practices like flaring, venting, and leaky equipment. Air emissions related to methane not only damage the air quality, they also waste usable energy and impact the climate.
Despite the benefits of the BLM methane rule, it is being attacked in every branch of government. This past winter, Congress attempted to rollback the rule, and failed. Then this summer, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke tried to delay the rule without public input, only to be overridden by the courts on Oct. 4. The day following the court ruling overriding the delay, Secretary Zinke proposed another delay of the rule, but this time with input from the public allowed.
The numerous attempts to rescind, repeal, or delay this rule show that some politicians would rather appease the oil and gas industry's desire to continue to pollute rather than do what is right for the people. This means it is time to let Secretary of the Interior Zinke and the Trump administration know that people want the BLM methane rule to remain intact.
As a result, I urge my fellow North Dakotans to send in comments urging the BLM to implement and enforce the BLM methane rule without any delays.
Linda Weiss, Belfield