Congressman Keller opposes rollback of Trump-era EPA Methane Rule

June 25, 2021
Press Release
Says move will lead to job losses and higher energy costs

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) today released the following statement after House Democrats passed S.J. Resolution 14, the Methane Congressional Review Act, which reverses key regulatory reforms made by the Trump administration on the oil and natural gas industry.

 

“The reversal of the Trump administration’s Methane Rule is a partisan attack on homegrown energy that will kill American jobs and send energy costs soaring. This rule was a key part of the regulatory overhaul that enabled our country to achieve energy independence and, with it, unlock affordable energy, family-sustaining jobs, and a renewed position of strength on the global stage. Today’s vote showcases how fixated Washington Democrats are on reinstating the burdensome energy regulations ushered in by the Obama administration which made our country weaker and less secure.”

 

BACKGROUND:

 

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) established a procedure by which Congress can disapprove and nullify regulations promulgated by government agencies.  Under the CRA, once a rule has been finalized and reported to the House and Senate, Congress has 60 legislative days to consider a joint resolution of disapproval.

 

In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two final rules to simplify the process for oil and gas companies to comply with the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under the Clean Air Act. Combined, the two final rules were estimated to yield net benefits of $750 to $850 million from 2021 to 2030. These 2020 rules updated and corrected the Obama EPA’s national standards for the oil and natural gas industry, which fell heavily on small and medium-sized energy businesses. S.J.Res. 14 will undo these changes.

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