Pallone Praises President Biden for Signing Methane Protections Resolution into Law
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after President Biden signed S.J. Res 14, a joint resolution of disapproval, restoring the popular Obama-era methane emissions standards for the oil and gas sector, into law:
“The Trump Administration’s reckless elimination of commonsense methane pollution standards violated Americans’ right to clean air, initiated a retreat in our fight against the climate crisis, and teed up devastating public health impacts. It helped no one aside from a small group of the worst oil and gas polluters and sold out the American public, their environment, and their health in the process.
“By signing this resolution into law today, President Biden reinstated critical climate protections and reaffirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s obligation to ensure clean air and a healthy environment for all Americans. This is the most significant climate legislation enacted so far this Congress, and I thank the President for joining us in taking quick, decisive action to cut dangerous methane pollution. Together we have cleared a path for stronger protections in the future and taken a tremendous leap forward in realizing our vision of a clean, more prosperous future.”
Using its authority under the Congressional Review Act, the House passed S.J. Res 14 on June 25, 2021, with a bipartisan vote of 229-191, following the Senate passage on April 28, 2021, with a bipartisan vote of 52-42. By President Biden signing the measure into law, the Trump Administration’s 2020 Recission rule “shall be treated as though such rule had never taken effect,” reinstating the methane and other pollution reduction requirements established under the 2012 and 2016 Oil and Gas Rules.