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Local leaders in western states are stepping up their criticism of a last-minute regulation from the Obama administration targeting oil and natural gas development on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management regulation, known as the “venting and flaring” rule, faces a repeal vote in the U.S. Senate as early as next week. The venting and flaring rule is “best suited for the trash can, not Utah’s public lands,” Grand County Council member Curtis Wells told Western Wire.

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With the Senate potentially voting this week on a measure that will overturn a rule targeting oil and natural gas development on federal lands, Washington, D.C., media have reported that some key Western lawmakers remain on the fence. But follow-up inquiries by Western Wire tell a different story: There is strong support in the West for repealing the Obama administration’s last-minute “venting and flaring” rule.


Environmental groups are being confused by their own misinformation and grossly exaggerating the benefits of the Bureau of Land Management’s venting and flaring rule. We urge the Senate not to be deceived by misinformation.


The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to repeal the Obama administration’s planning policy for federal lands, with the support of many Western stakeholders, including the agriculture sector. Farmers across the country had sounded the alarm over the “significant departure from the historical way local governments have been involved in BLM decision making,” as farm bureaus in states like California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington wrote in a Jan. 24 letter to Congressional leaders.


Plans to repeal a last-minute Obama administration rule targeting oil and natural gas development on public and tribal lands are winning the support of tribal, business and local leaders in Colorado. The methane regulation, finalized by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after the 2016 election, has been controversial across the West. “BLM’s rule is unnecessary and would further negatively impact the Tribe’s energy development revenue,” Clement Frost, chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, told Western Wire.

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The Obama administration’s last-minute regulatory push against oil and natural gas development on federal lands is still stirring controversy in New Mexico, with two state officials publicly clashing over the new restrictions.

In a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Colorado industry figures pushed back against efforts to raise the lease rates paid by oil and natural gas developers operating on federal lands and to impose strict restricting on venting and flaring. Speaking before the House Natural Resources Committee, state and industry officials from Colorado discussed the negative impact these changes would have on energy development.