The release of the Bureau of Land Management's waste prevention rule, also known as the BLM venting and flaring rule, is welcome news for the future of energy development and environmental protection. Oil-producing states' economies are also set to benefit.
Despite this, some members of Congress were quick to bash the new rule. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a vocal critic of the revision, said it would mean that “states like New Mexico and responsible natural gas producers must step up and act to stop methane emissions on their own.”
Actually, that's a good thing. The administration's methane rule is more flexible, letting individual states' regulators, not federal bureaucrats in Washington, determine the best methods for regulating emissions.