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Exxon Touts New Methane Efforts As EPA Pushes Rule Delay

Sept. 25, 2017, 4:48 PMUpdated: Sept. 25, 2017, 10:07 PM

ExxonMobil Corp. announced plans to reduce methane emissions from its oil and gas wells that would go beyond the EPA standards the Trump administration would like to eliminate.

Environmentalists are touting the company’s leadership and framing the ramped up efforts to reduce emissions as a bid for greater certainty amid Trump administration efforts to delay and possibly revoke methane limits that cloud the industry’s regulatory future.

The oil and gas giant Sept. 25 announced an “enhanced” program for detection and repair of methane leaks at natural gas facilities operated by its subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. The program will cover ...