Senate passage of CRA resolution in April to restore Obama-era environmental
and climate protections
(June 30, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following
statement today after President Joseph R. Biden signed into law a resolution
that disapproves the Methane Rescission Rule, through use of the Congressional
Review Act. The disapproval resolution nullifies the Trump administration’s
2020 Methane Rescission Rule and reinstates Obama-era Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) standards for methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and
regulation of air pollution from transmission and storage facilities.
the course of four years, the Trump administration sent us backwards, choosing
pollution over people. But today I am proud that we’ve traded the Climate
Denier-in-Chief for science, reason, and public health,” said Senator
Markey. “As President Biden signed our resolution to reject Trump’s
rollback, we took the first steps to curb immediate global warming, save lives,
prevent costly trips to emergency rooms, and show the world that the United
States is ready to once again lead in combatting the climate crisis. We have
the duty to immediately cut down on methane pollution. We have the ability and
the technology to achieve those reductions. Now we must summon the political
will to attack our climate crisis as record heat envelops parts of our
data showing large increases in methane emissions from oil and gas production
in recent years, the EPA under the Trump administration completed a rollback of
critical methane emissions regulations created during the Obama administration.
The rollback weakened and, in some cases, eliminated altogether requirements
that oil and natural gas companies limit methane and volatile organic compounds
(VOCs) emissions from their operations.
the CRA, which allows Congress to review and disapprove certain federal
regulations, the resolution of disapproval of the 2020 Methane Rescission Rule
under the Trump administration will largely reinstate the 2012 and 2016 Oil and
Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Specifically, the
resolution will reinstate the methane requirements for the industry’s
production and processing segments and the methane and VOCs requirements for
the transmission and storage segments.