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Industry Cheers Methane Rules Pause Despite New Uncertainty

June 14, 2017, 1:02 PM

The energy industry is cheering the EPA’s plans to place a two-year hold on an Obama-era methane regulation despite any additional uncertainty the pause may introduce.

If the Environmental Protection Agency enacts this proposal (RIN:2060-AT59), oil and gas drillers will be able to avoid complying with several aspects of the regulation, which requires them to significantly increase their monitoring of leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The agency wants to pause the rule for at least two years while it weighs whether to repeal it altogether.

Before the two-year stay can go into effect, the EPA will ...

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