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September  6, 2020

August 13, 2020

CMES Responds to EPA's Methane Rule Rollback

“We are deeply disappointed by Trump Administration’s rollback of Environmental Protection Agency’s new source methane rules to cut emissions from oil and gas sites.  Today's decision is misguided as the original standards were put into place after many years of discussions with all aspects of the oil and gas industry. These common sense rules had the support of both and independent producers as well as the methane mitigation industry. The rollback announced today will hurt our air and climate and lead toward more waste and fewer jobs. Moving forward, our members will continue to work with producers to find common-sense, solutions to addressing methane emissions.  We also appreciate that many states, run by both Republican and Democratic governors are instituting policies to address methane.”

May 22, 2020

CMES Applauds Pennsylvania Governor Wolf for Publication of Methane Rule for Existing Oil and Gas Sites

March 16, 2020

Brown: Methane reduction rules make environmental, economic sense. This is why

September 13, 2018

CMES testifies during Royalty Policy Committee Hearing in Denver 

February 2, 2020

Isaac Brown in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Curbing emissions benefits all Pennsylvanians

December 17, 2019

CMES released the following statement following Pennsylvania's introduction of new rules to regulate methane waste

November 25, 2019

August 29, 2019

The Center released the following statement in response to the Trump Administrations decision to reverse common-sense rules reducing methane emissions 

June 25, 2019

May 15, 2019

March 12, 2019

CMES Statement on Shell's Call for Federal Regulation of Methane

November 30, 2018

Brown in Albuquerque JournalStrong Methane Rules Benefit Everyone

January 29, 2019

January 15, 2019

December 13, 2018

CMES Submits Testimony During Public Hearing in Support of Proposed Regulation of Existing oil and gas sources, offers suggestions for enhancing policy 

March 4, 2019

November 14, 2018

CMES Testifies at EPA Hearing on Proposed Revision of Methane Rule

October 21, 2018

Casper Star Tribune: AP article missed many points

October 2, 2018

September 18, 2018

CMES Issues Statement on BLM's Revised Rule on Methane Emissions

September 11, 2018

CMES Released the following statement responding to EPA's proposal to rollback methane rule.

September 10, 2018

CMES Submits Testimony on New Methane Rule in Wyoming

August 9th, 2018

CMES Hosts Panel and Technology Demonstration in Cleveland, August 9th.  Please join us!

July 29, 2018

Casper Star Tribune Op-EdRegional, state action on methane shows bipartisan sensibility of waste reduction efforts

June 21, 2018

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports

June 7, 2018

CMES Statement on PA Governor Wolf's New Permit Policy for Natural Gas Development -- A Significant Step Forward 

May 10, 2018

April 23, 2018

Statement from Center for Methane Emissions Solutions Executive Director Isaac Brown

Regarding Comments Submitted in Opposition to BLM’s Proposed Revision of the Methane Rule

April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

April 9, 2018

CMES Sends Letter to Montana Governor Mead Urging Increased LDAR Monitoring of Oil and Gas Sites

March 22, 2018

January 29, 2018

CMES and Taxpayers for Common Sense in The GazetteNation needs the BLM methane rule

March 7th, 2018

February 23, 2018

Statement from Patrick Von Bargen Regarding Court Decision on BLM Delay of Methane Rule


As a coalition of companies in the methane emission detection and mitigation industry, we applaud The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not justify its decision to postpone core provisions of its 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention Rule.  When BLM implemented common-sense rules intended to reduce methane waste on public lands, it did so after years of input and consultation with the private sector.  We hope that the Trump Administration will consider this decision carefully before taking future action on this issue.  Working closely, industry and BLM devised a thoughtful approach to methane waste and that policy should proceed. 

February 12, 2018

STATEMENT of Patrick Von Bargen, Executive Director of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions Regarding Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Revision

November 6, 2017

CMES Files Comments on BLM's Proposed Delay of Methane Rule

October 30, 2017

Carlsbad Current Argus:  ExxonMobil subsidiary's pledge to cut methane waste from new and existing operations nationwide could mean better days are ahead for New Mexico’s economy. 

October 19, 2017

CMES testifies in support of a proposed rule in Utah that would switch to a “permit by rule” regulatory scheme regarding VOCs with higher standards for new oil and gas facilities.

September 14, 2017

Statement in response to the House of Representatives passing legislation blocking the EPA from Enforcing Regulations of Methane Waste at oil and gas sites.

Today, Congress approved legislation that undermines the EPA’s ability to enforce common-sense regulations of methane waste at oil and gas sites.  If enacted into law, this policy would represent a significant step-backward for one of America’s burgeoning industries.  There are over 130 methane emission detection and mitigation companies headquartered in the United States providing vital services to the oil and gas sector.  The rules put into place by EPA last year are not, as the sponsor of the provisions claims, a “job-killing regulation” that will cost the economy $530 million annually by limiting oil and gas operations.  The reality is quite the opposite.  By working with our member companies, oil and gas producers have been able to comply with the rules and save money by preventing costly methane waste, which most often occurs as the result of human-error and is very inexpensive to fix.


As this legislation is considered in the Senate, we look forward to working with Senators from both parties who understand the value contribution our companies make to the American economy.

August 4, 2017

June 14, 2017

CMES STATEMENT ON BLM RULE DELAY

Today's announcement that BLM will delay the implementation of key parts of the methane waste rule is bad for business.   It injects enormous uncertainty into the marketplace, raising serious questions about the what and when of compliance, crippling the decision making processes of oil and gas producers.  It will sap the methane mitigation market of the economic growth that we should be seeking.  It runs completely counter to the decision of Congress to keep the rule in place.

-- Patrick Van Bargen, Executive Director.

February 17, 2017

April 15, 2016

CMES Releases First-Of-Its-Kind Case Study on Compliance with Methane Emissions 

June 9, 2019

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