This morning more than 60 small businesses across the Western Slope sent a letter to U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner urging them to support keeping the BLM’s Methane Waste Prevention rule in place. The US Congress is threatening to overturn the rule, which citizen groups across the country spent years working to pass, using an obscure tool called the Congressional Review Act.
“The BLM’s methane rule makes good business sense,” the small business owners said. “We recognize that the BLM’s oil and gas program is an important economic contributor to our national economy…[but] without the BLM’s rule, more than $330 million worth of natural gas is wasted each year, which could cost taxpayers $800 million in lost revenue over the next decade. Between 2009 and 2015, federal and Indian onshore wells vented or flared enough gas to serve more than six million households for a year.”
The U.S. House of Representatives has already voted to roll back the Methane Waste Prevention Rule by a vote of 221-191. But Senators won’t roll back these rules if they feel enough pressure from constituents like you.
Join these small business owners and take action today! Ask Colorado’s Senators, Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, to protect our taxpayer dollars and our health. Urge them to oppose the rollbacks of pollution standards that protect our natural resources, health, and wallets.
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