Rob Bishop (Republican – Utah) introduced House Joint Resolution 36 to nullify the rule submitted by the Bureau of Land Management entitled “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” The rule addresses waste generated during oil and gas production.
The Joint Resolution was introduced on January 30, 2017 and passed 221-191 on February 3, 2017 in the House of Representatives.
SUMMARY OF RULE TO BE NULLIFIED (81 Fed. Reg. 83008)
The Bureau of Land Management created new regulations to reduce waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and natural gas production activities on on-shore Federal and Indian (other than Osage Tribe) oil/gas leases. The regulations clarified when produced gas lost through these actiities are subject to royalties, and when oil and gas production may be used royalty-free on site. The regulations replaces pre-existing regulations set forth in the 1979 Notice to Lessees and Operators of Onshore Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases, Royalty or Compensation for Oil and Gas Lost, which are over 30 years old.
The text of the rule can be found here: 81 Fed. Reg. 83008
There are 40 Republican cosponsor, listed on the Congress.gov summary site for the Joint Resoltion.