Comment period extended for public, tribal lands gas emissions

*Feature Image: A Bureau of Land Management graphic displaying the density of oil and natural gas wells in the Western United States. Light pink (least density) to dark red (highest density). h/t BLM / Pitchengine Communities * (Washington, D.C.) - In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the public comment period until April 22, 2016, for the recently proposed Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which would update 30-year-old regulations to reduce the wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on public and American Indian lands. The BLM is extending the comment period from the original April 8 deadline until to April 22, 2016, to review and comment on the draft rule. The proposed rule would require oil and gas producers to adopt currently available technologies, processes and equipment that would limit the rate of flaring at oil wells on public and tribal lands, and would require operators to periodically inspect their operations for leaks, and to replace outdated equipment that vents large quantities of gas into the air. Operators would also be required to limit venting from storage tanks and use best practices to limit gas losses when removing liquids from wells. U.S. oil production is at its highest level in nearly 30 years and the nation is now the largest natural gas producer in the world, providing an abundant source of clean-burning fuel. Currently, vast amounts of natural gas from public and Indian lands are lost through venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations. States, Tribes and federal taxpayers also lose royalty revenues when natural gas is wasted – as much as $23 million annually in royalty revenue for the Federal Government and the States that share it, according to a 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. More information about the proposed rule, including its text, a fact sheet, the Regulatory Impact Analysis, the Environmental Analysis, and other information can be found on the web page Public Events on Oil and Gas at #county10 #springcity #news