Steve Daines has forgotten Montana

By: 
Katy Kern
From Red Lodge

Sen. Daines hasn’t been acting very local lately. He co-sponsored the “Resolution of Disapproval” against the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. From 2013-2016, one of Sen. Daines’ largest contributors was Koch Industries, which has a terrible environmental record (opensecrets.org, Dark Money by Jane Mayer).
The methane rule makes sure companies developing our oil reserves aren’t burning off or leaking natural gas that belongs to us. The rule makes sure that taxpayers get the full value out of our resources.
Daines wants to allow the oil and gas industry to waste our energy, pollute our air, and contribute to climate change. This is like allowing loggers to burn down forests with no consequences. It’s wasteful and irresponsible.
Large quantities of natural gas are wasted during oil and gas production. Between 2009 and 2014, oil and gas producers on public and Indian lands vented, flared and leaked about 375 billion cubic feet of natural gas. That’s enough gas to supply about 5.1 million households for a year, according to a BLM Fact sheet.
Taxpayers are losing out. States, Tribes and federal taxpayers also lose royalty revenues when natural gas is wasted. As much as $23 million in royalty revenue is lost annually the Federal Government and the states that share it, according to the 2010 Govt. Accountability Office report.
Please join me in contacting Senator Daines and asking him to support the BLM methane rule.

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