Energy Diplomacy
Trump fails to repeal Obama's methane rule in US Senate
- Three Republicans side with Democrats to vote against repealing Obama-era legislation to limit methane gas emissions

An attempt by the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to repeal an Obama-era methane rule failed Wednesday, after the U.S. Senate voted in favor of keeping the legislation in place.

The Senate voted 51-49 against the repeal as three Republicans, including John McCain, sided with the Democrats.

The result was regarded as a major blow against Trump who is trying to roll back Obama's legislation in the energy sector to favor the expansion of conventional energy resources.

“Today is a victory for our public lands and for the health of families across America ... Protecting our communities and our public lands from pollution isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s an American one," according to Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club -- a major environmental organization in the U.S.

The U.S.' Bureau of Land Management (BLM) methane prevention rule, which was adopted during the former President Barack Obama's era, limits the amount of methane gas released into the environment by companies during their oil and natural gas exploration and production activities.

"The BLM’s technically flawed rule on methane emissions is an unnecessary and costly misstep ... The rule could impede U.S. energy production while reducing local and federal government revenues," said Upstream and Industry Operations Group Director Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute -- one of the biggest trade associations for oil and gas industry in the U.S.

By Ovunc Kutlu in New York

Anadolu Agency

11 May,2017