Hoeven: Biden Administration Continues Handcuffing U.S. Energy Producers with Burdensome & Duplicative BLM Methane Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final rule that would impose burdensome and duplicative methane emission regulations on U.S. energy producers.

“The Biden administration continues to put handcuffs on our domestic energy producers and this methane rule is one more example of how the administration is making it harder to develop oil and gas on federal lands and undermining our nation’s energy security. The Biden administration is holding up approvals for the infrastructure necessary to get energy to market, like gas-gathering lines and pipelines, which causes more flaring and methane waste. At the same time, they are also blocking new liquefied natural gas exports to our friends and allies. That is the wrong approach for our nation,” said Hoeven. “Instead, we are working to empower energy development, and to expedite the approval of the infrastructure needed to move this valuable commodity to market for consumers at home and our allies abroad. That’s how we’ll lower costs for American families and businesses, and make our nation more energy secure.”

Hoeven has been working to empower greater U.S. domestic energy production and is sponsoring legislation to provide regulatory relief in the federal permitting process, including a bill to streamline and set deadlines for multi-agency National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.