Actions would implement key components of Markey Legislation to Reduce Wasting of Natural Gas on Public Lands

Washington (January, 22, 2016) – The Obama Administration announced it will update 30 year old regulations to reduce the amount of natural gas that is wasted through venting and flaring from oil and natural gas operations on public lands. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Chair of the Senate Climate Clearinghouse, released the following statement:

“When it comes to natural gas production on public lands, the oil industry should embrace the slogan ‘waste not, want not.’ I am glad that the Obama Administration is taking steps to implement key components of legislation that I have introduced in the Senate to limit this process of wasting natural gas that belongs to the American people and ensure that taxpayers are properly compensated. I applaud President Obama and Secretary Jewell’s decision to reduce methane emissions that contribute to climate change and ensure taxpayers receive their fair share for their precious natural resources.”

Senator Markey has introduced legislation in the Senate, the FLARE Act, S. 1271, that would direct the Department to issue regulations to reduce the venting and flaring of natural gas on public lands and ensure that taxpayers are compensated for this resource that they own. A copy of a September 2014 letter sent to President Obama by Senator Markey and his colleagues on methane pollution can be found HERE.