The Senate Protects Public Health, Says No to the Oil and Gas Industry

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Washington, DC - Today the Senate rejected an attempt by oil and gas industry allies in Republican leadership to overturn a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas companies to reduce methane waste on federal lands and to plug leaking infrastructure.

Clean Water Action Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator John Noel released the following statement:

"For once the Senate put public health before polluter profits. Despite a massive spending blitz - the American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s main trade association, increased its lobbying spending by 75% in the first quarter of 2017 - enough Senators saw through the industry spin and said no to this ridiculous rollback of vital protections for clean air and fence-line communities."

"These Senators listened to the scientific consensus and BLM's own analysis that the rule's economic benefits are huge. More importantly this failed vote is a testimony to the power of public pressure - the rule was hugely popular with the public and constituents let their Senators know they expected them to protect clean air, not corporate bottom-lines."

"This is a win - but the fight is not over. There is much more we have to do to protect public health, air, water, and climate from the impacts of the oil and gas industry."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly