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EPA Chief Takes First Step in Reversing Obama-Era Methane Rule

April 19, 2017, 6:20 PM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to roll back an Obama-era methane rule expected to cost oil and natural gas operators $320 million-$530 million a year.

The Obama administration finalized the regulation in June, imposing the first-ever federal standards to limit methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. The rule sought to curb methane leaks from new and modified wells, with the goal of reducing yearly emissions by 6.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent.

The Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider the regulation in response to industry objections, Pruitt wrote in a letter to the American Petroleum Institute ...

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