Week ending February 3, 2017, 2017
H.J.Res.36 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation”
The Resolution provides for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.
Details of the rule being disapproved of:
“The purpose of this rule is to reduce waste of natural gas owned by the American public and tribes, which occurs during the oil and gas production process. While the BLM already regulates venting and flaring of natural gas during oil and gas production on Federal and Indian (other than Osage Tribe) leases, the current requirements are over 30 years old and do not reflect modern technologies, practices, and understanding of the harms caused by venting, flaring, and leaks of gas. Oversight reviews have also suggested that the current requirements are insufficiently clear in their directives, which complicates implementation for BLM staff and creates uncertainty for oil and gas operators. Today’s rule updates the existing provisions to direct operators to take reasonable and common-sense measures to prohibit routine venting, minimize the quantities of natural gas routinely flared, reduce natural gas losses through leaks, and deploy up-to-date technology to reduce routine losses from production equipment.”
Sponsor: Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1] (Introduced 01/30/2017)
Status: Passed House / Passed Senate
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll no. 78).
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
On Passage: Agreed to by unanimous consent
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: Data not available
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Data not available
Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available
Dynamic Scoring: Data not available
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: Data not available
Duplication of programs: Data not available
Direct Rule-Making: Data not available
Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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