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Congress uses CRA to repeal new rules

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017

WYOMING – U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and U.S. House Rep. Rob Bishop introduced the first joint resolutions “of disapproval” on Jan. 30 to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule on oil and gas “venting and flaring,” also called the “methane rule.”

That rule was repealed by the House on Friday, Feb. 3, and goes to the Senate for its vote.

The House and Senate both voted to repeal House Joint Resolution (HJR) 38, the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Dec. 19, 2016, stream protection rule. The Senate followed suit and on Feb. 2 sent Congress’s first Congressional Review Act (CRA) success to the White House.

Other CRAs are cropping up, including one known as the resource-extraction rule, which passed the Senate Friday. On Monday, Rep. Paul A Gosar (AZ) introduced House Joint Resolution (HJR) 46, to repeal rule updates that allow the National Park Service to manage drilling and mining in 40 parks nationwide. It was referred to the House Committee of Natural Resources.

Barrasso is chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Bishop is chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The pair introduced Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 11 and HJR 36 on Jan. 30 to repeal the venting and flaring rule.

For the complete article see the 02-07-2017 issue.

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