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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.
Don and Jane Schreiber live in the energy-rich San Juan Basin, where they say their ranch is surrounded by 122 oil and gas wells. Source: Nathan Rott

A deadline is fast approaching for Republican lawmakers who want to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

The oil and gas industry is lobbying lawmakers to permanently repeal the rule, as it has other recent environmental regulations, using the Congressional Review Act — a legislative tool that not only undoes a regulation, but prevents the federal government from ever implementing a similar rule.

There's a catch, though: Lawmakers only have a set amount of time to use the act. And the deadline to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's methane rule is widely believed to be next week.

New Mexico rancher Don Schreiber is counting down the days.

Schreiber is an insurance salesman-turned-rancher, but these days he spends most of his time as an advocate for the BLM methane

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