The Bureau of Land Management has released a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule, also known as the venting and flaring rule. According to a release from the BLM, revisions would include the elimination of redundant regulatory requirements, and would re-institute a number of regulations the 2016 rule sought to replace. Proponents of the reforms say the Venting and Flaring rule placed unnecessary regulatory burdens on oil and gas producers, while opponents say the venting and flaring rule protects taxpayer-owned resources from being wasted, and helped curtail air pollutants. The BLM says they are making these changes as part of President Trump’s initiative to promote US energy independence, by reviewing and modifying federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development The proposed changes will be instituted pending the results of a 60 day public comment period. Additional information on on how to comment is available below.
Public comments on this proposed rule are due to the BLM within 60 days of the day it appears in the Federal Register, which is expected this week. The BLM is not obligated to consider, or include in the administrative record, comments received after that time or delivered to an address other than those listed below in making its decisions on the final rule.
Comments Can Be Mailed to:
Mail: U.S. Department of the Interior, Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, Mail Stop 2134LM, 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240, Attention: 1004-AE52.
Personal or messenger delivery: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134 LM, Washington, D.C. 20003, Attention: Regulatory Affairs.
Comments Can also be submitted online. Just Follow the instructions on the website.