This resolution of disapproval would repeal the Trump administration’s regulation that loosened restrictions on oil and gas companies to curtail methane emissions due to leaks during production, processing, transmission, and storage. Methane is a greenhouse gas that occurs naturally in conjunction with oil and natural gas, and is a significant contributor to climate change. If this resolution to repeal the Trump era rule is enacted, the more restrictive Obama era regulations adopted in 2012 and 2016 as the Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).
Specifically, this disapproval resolution would nullify the Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review rule that was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 14, 2020.
Congress has the authority to overturn rules within 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers along with the president’s signature under the Congressional Review Act. If this resolution were enacted, future similar rules couldn’t be enacted without Congressional approval.