ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is looking at updating decades-old regulations that govern venting and flaring across oil and gas country.
The agency is hosting a public forum in Albuquerque on Wednesday to gather public comment on what the new rules should look like. Two more meetings are planned in North Dakota and Washington, D.C.
The changes are aimed at limiting methane emissions from energy exploration.
Environmentalists say venting and flaring at well sites on public lands throughout the West have wasted resources and have resulted in the loss of potential tax revenues.
They point to a 2010 report by the Government Accountability Office that found the public loses up to $23 million annually in royalties from the venting and flaring of natural gas.