Gerry Pels Quoted in E&E News Climatewire on Senate’s Attempt to Repeal Methane Regulations

E&E News Climatewire
May 11, 2017

Gerry Pels, Chair of the Firmwide Environmental Section - Energy and Industry and a Partner in the Houston office, addressed the failed May 10 vote by the U.S. Senate to repeal Obama-era restrictions on methane emissions.

In the article, Pels said the Senate's failure to rescind the methane rule using the Congressional Review Act is not what the oil and gas industry wanted because the remaining options to roll back regulations are not quick.

"I was on the phone with [exploration and production] clients this morning, and what I told them is we need to be prepared to be compliant with this rule as though the litigation is not ongoing and irrespective of the executive order the president issued, because it's going to be very difficult to stay the dates at this point," Pels said. "That's not to say it couldn't happen, but I think the regulated community needs to be prepared to comply in the shorter [term] unless a court will step in and hold the rule."

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