MMS on April 19 published a final rule that sets limits on the flaring or venting of natural gas into the atmosphere. The rule also amends current regulations that limit production rates from offshore wells. "This rule gives us better tools to monitor closely the amount of flaring and venting that occur from offshore oil and gas production," said MMS Director Liz Birnbaum. "We believe that these improvements will ultimately help us reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from MMS-regulated facilities."