Western Energy Alliance at BLM’s Venting & Flaring Rule Hearing

March 1, 2016

DENVER – Western Energy Alliance will provide comments at a public forum hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on a proposed federal rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on public lands. The forum takes place 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 1st, at the Holiday Inn in Lakewood.  Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions from media at the forum.

Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs, will discuss BLM’s redundant rule to address methane emissions from venting and flaring, which states and industry have been dealing with effectively for years. Since 1990, oil and natural gas producers have decreased methane emissions by 21 percent even as natural gas production has climbed 47 percent, all without any federal rules.

BLM’s venting and flaring rule is currently in a 90-day public comment period that ends April 8th. The forum in Denver is one of four scheduled across the West. The next will be this Thursday in Dickinson, ND, and the agency already held hearings in Oklahoma City and Farmington, NM.

Who:     Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs, Western Energy Alliance

What:   Bureau of Land Management hearing on a proposed rule to limit venting and flaring from oil and natural gas produced on public lands.

When:  March 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Holiday Inn
               7390 West Hampton
               Lakewood, CO 80227

Additional background is available on the Alliance’s flaring webpage and position paper.

Details on the climate benefits of natural gas are available on the Alliance’s methane webpage.