Bennet Statement on Biden Administration’s Oil and Gas Methane Rule

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement regarding the Biden administration’s final rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require oil and gas producers to detect and fix leaks of methane.

"I'm glad the EPA is following Colorado’s lead to require oil and gas producers across the country to significantly cut methane pollution from their operations. Reducing this dangerous pollution protects public health and safeguards our climate. This new rule is an important step forward in our transition to a clean energy economy,” said Bennet.

Colorado was the first state to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. In the Senate, Bennet has consistently worked to limit methane emissions and strengthen oil and gas standards, following Colorado’s lead. In 2021, Bennet led members of the Colorado congressional delegation to push the EPA for stronger methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. Earlier this year, Bennet joined a group of colleagues to renew his call for stronger standards from the EPA for methane emissions from oil and gas operations.