This resolution would reject the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulation on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian land. The “Methane Rule” was finalized during the final days of the Obama administration, and sought to reduce the venting of gas by prohibiting it except in the case of an emergency or if flaring is infeasible. The rule requires operators to capture 85 percent of their gas by early 2018, and by 2026 they’d be required to capture 98 percent of the gas.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overturn regulations issued within the last 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers. It would need to be signed into law by the president to take effect.