STATEMENT: Conservation Colorado Applauds Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper for Vote to Restore Life-Saving Methane Regulations

DENVER – Today, in a bipartisan 52-42 vote, the U.S. Senate invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and took a critical step toward restoring commonsense methane safeguards for oil and gas development. The vote moves the U.S. closer to reversing a 2020 move by the Trump Administration to remove methane from federal air quality rules. This is an important step toward the EPA adopting stricter methane regulations that will protect Colorado from the air quality and climate impacts of potent greenhouse gasses.

Conservation Colorado’s deputy director Jessica Goad released the following statement in response to today’s vote:

“The Senate took action to combat climate change today by invoking the Congressional Review Act on methane regulations. Colorado led the nation with methane regulations thanks to actions taken by then Governor Hickenlooper’s administration, and Senator Bennet has been a champion for this issue in the Senate. We applaud Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper for their leadership and call on our federal delegation to continue pursuing bold action on climate; Coloradans overwhelmingly support it.”