Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Senate rejects repeal of Obama drilling rule--The Swamp- Lindsey Graham, S Collins, John McCain Join Dems
The Hill/ by T Cama
Three Republicans joined Senate Democrats on Wednesday to reject overturning an Obama administration rule limiting methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling.
Only(? Only-They needed just 2 more) 49 senators voted to move forward with debate on legislation to undo the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule, short of the 51 need to advance the measure.
The vote is a major loss for congressional Republicans, who had targeted the methane rule as a prime Obama regulation to undo. They argue that it unnecessarily adds costs to oil and natural gas drilling on federal land.
But it is a big victory for environmentalists, who in recent weeks put up a comprehensive fight to sway vulnerable and moderate senators against the repeal.