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Wyoming oil and gas operators pleased by federal walk back on methane rule

October 9, 2017 in News

Natural gas is frequently a by-product of oil production, and if there are no gas pipelines in an oil field, operators will burn that gas off. It usually comes out in a rush at the beginning of production and rapidly tapers off. And it’s a practice that has been a sticking point for environmentalists, and the subject of multiple regulations from Wyoming and the feds.

One of those rules has been causing confusion since the start of the year: The Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste reduction rule. Congress attempted, and failed, to ax the regulation. Industry and the Department of the Interior attempted to delay the rule, and environmental groups fought delay in the courts.

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