The Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) is urging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to support the repeal of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rules governing flaring and venting of associated natural gas on public and tribal lands. OOGA said the rule would have a "disastrous impact" on local legacy producers that operate wells on or near public land in southeast Ohio. There are currently more than 2,000 wells in the state that could be targeted by the rule, which was approved during the Obama administration. Many of the wells are older and have low production, the trade group said. OOGA estimates that conventional producers could pay up to $50,000 per well to retrofit them with emissions control equipment as required. The final rule was to be implemented in stages, but the House voted for a resolution to repeal it in February. The Senate must take similar action and President Trump must approve it before the rule is repealed.
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