Agency: BLM

Climate Deregulation Tracker

Agency: BLM

2017-10-05 BLM Proposes to Suspend Key Requirements of Methane Waste Prevention Rule Regulatory action BLM, DOI

BLM has issued a proposal to temporarily suspend or delay some of the key requirements of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule until Jan. 17, 2019. Comment deadline: Nov. 6, 2017.

2017-06-15 BLM postpones the compliance dates for Methane Waste Rule Regulatory action BLM, DOI

BLM issued a federal register notice announcing that it was postponing the compliance dates for certain provisions of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule (finalized on November 10, 2016), which aims to reduce waste of natural gas (methane) from oil and natural gas production activities on federal and tribal land.

2017-03-30 Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change Congressional action All, BLM, DOI, EPA

Thirty-six house democrats introduced a bill to overturn President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” order. The “Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act” (H.R. 1812) declares the president’s document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. Democratic senators have also introduced companion legislation.

2017-03-28 Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change Executive Order All, BLM, DOI, EPA

President Trump issued an executive order aimed at dismantling many of the key actions undertaken at the federal level to address climate change. The order directs EPA to review and potentially rescind or re-write important regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CO2 emission standards for existing power plants), CO2 emission standards for new power plants, and methane emission standards for the oil and gas sector. It also revokes a number of executive orders and actions, including: guidance on calculating the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, an imposing a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and guidance on how to account for climate change in environmental reviews.

2017-03-27 Trump Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

President Trump signed a CRA resolution to repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, a regulation aimed at improve BLM’s ability to respond to changing conditions (including those caused by climate change) and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. With Trump’s approval, the resolution will now become law and the Planning 2.0 rule will be repealed.

2017-03-10 Senate Rejects CRA Resolution to Repeal Methane Waste Rule Congressional action BLM

The Senate voted against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (S.J. Res 11) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-03-07 Senate Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 Rule. BLM had adopted the Planning 2.0 rule to improve it’s ability to respond to changing conditions and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. One key goal was to make it easier for BLM to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on public lands.

2017-02-07 Senate Bill Introduced to Allow States to Control Development of Energy Resources on Federal Land Congressional action BLM, USFS

Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill (S.335) to “achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the development and production of all forms of energy on all available Federal land.”

2017-02-07 House Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

The House passed a resolution (H.J.Res.44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-07 Senate Bill Introduced to Amend Mineral Leasing Act to Recognize Authority of States to Regulate Oil and Gas Operations Congressional action BLM, OSMRE

Sen. Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill (S.316) to “amend the Mineral Leasing Act to recognize the authority of States to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, and for other purposes.”

2017-02-03 House Approves Resolution to Repeal BLM Methane Rule Congressional action BLM

The House passed a resolution (H.J. Res. 36) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-02 Bipartisan Bills Introduced to Streamline Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands Congressional action BLM, USFS

The “Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017” was introduced in both the house and senate today (H.R. 825 / S. 282). The bill, which has bipartisan support, is aimed at promoting and streamlining the development of renewable energy resources on public lands.

2017-02-01 Trump Issues Statement Confirming That He Will Approve Congressional Repeal of BLM Methane Rule and Other Regulations Statement of Administration Policy BLM

President Trump issued a statement confirming that he plans to approve five congressional resolutions to repeal Obama-era regulations under the Congressional Review Act, including the resolution to repeal the BLM methane rule.

2017-01-30 House Introduces Resolution to Repeal BLM Methane Rule Congressional action BLM

House republicans introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 36) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-01-30 House Introduces Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

A joint resolution was introduced in the House (H.J.Res.44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).