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Biden Proposes Mandates to Cut Methane Leaks on Federal Land (1)

Nov. 28, 2022, 10:34 PM

The Biden administration moved Monday to stifle methane releases from oil and gas wells on public land after a federal court tossed out earlier requirements.

A proposed rule, advanced by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, is aimed at throttling greenhouse gas releases from the sites, whether leaked from equipment, deliberately vented into the atmosphere or burned off. It is the culmination of an eight-year regulatory push to tackle methane releases from the oil industry, newly emboldened by provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Biden administration officials cast the proposal as a fiscally and environmentally sound approach to ...