Hoeven Statement on Reinstating Duplicative, Costly Methane Rule

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate approved a Democrat-led effort to reinstate Obama-era methane rules for oil and gas wells. Last August, the EPA under the Trump administration issued updates to the methane rules for oil and gas wells that removed duplicative regulations while maintaining appropriate environmental and health protections. Today’s vote removes the most recent rule, reimposing the Obama-era’s costly and duplicative methane rule.

“Reinstating these costly and duplicative methane rules for oil and gas wells will add unnecessary compliance costs, increasing prices for consumers. Instead of returning to punitive regulations, we believe the right approach is to bring certainty to the approval process for pipelines and other energy infrastructure so energy producers can capture and transport natural gas to market.”