Hoeven Statement on Court Order Requiring Enforcement of BLM Flaring Regulations

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to enforce its methane flaring regulations. 

“BLM’s duplicative methane rule discourages energy development on federal land by imposing mandates without allowing businesses to build the infrastructure they need to capture this valuable resource,” said Hoeven. “In order to reduce flaring, we need to streamline BLM’s permit process for gas-gathering lines. We support the administration’s ongoing efforts to revise this rule, and we continue working to provide the regulatory relief and technological development our nation needs to ensure a robust domestic energy industry.”

The court’s injunction follows the BLM’s decision to delay the rule for one year while it works to revise the regulations. The agency released its proposed revisions for the methane rule earlier this month. Last year, Hoeven joined the President and Interior Secretary as they implemented orders to begin rolling back a variety of regulations that hamper domestic energy production, including BLM’s methane rule. The senator also cosponsored and voted for a resolution to repeal the rule.