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Letter: Repealed rule will increase global warming

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

As some of the readers of the Gazette-Journal may know, shortly after President Trump’s swearing in, the GOP identified 180 regulations that were finalized since mid-May 2016 that could be repealed under a rarely used law called the Congressional Review Act.

One of the regulations that was repealed was a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule for “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, Resource Conservation” via House Joint Resolution 36.  It was introduced in the House on Jan. 30, 2017 and passed with a roll call vote on Feb. 3, 2017 with Representative Wittman voting “Yea.”

As reported in a daily newspaper this past week, the BLM rule would have required that methane gas from 100,000 oil and gas wells on federal property be trapped and converted to electricity, producing revenue and reducing the risk of exposure to the toxic compounds that leak in tandem with the methane as well as eliminating the most potent ac...

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