On Wednesday, April 28, the U.S. Senate voted to effectively reinstate Obama-era methane regulations by approving a resolution nullifying the Trump-era methane emission rule “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review.”  The September 2020 Trump Administration rule rolled back Obama-era oil and gas emission rules by rescinding methane requirements for production and processing operations and removing the transmission and storage segments of the industry from the pertinent regulations.  In a 52-42 vote that crossed party lines, the Senate utilized the Congressional Review Act (CRA).  The CRA allows Congress to rescind “midnight” federal regulations issued at the end of a presidential administration by a simple majority vote in both chambers.  The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the resolution within the coming weeks.  It is believed that the House will pass the resolution and that President Biden will sign it.