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Interior Wants to Freeze Obama-era Methane Limits

Oct. 4, 2017, 6:43 PM

The Interior Department wants to temporarily stop enforcing an Obama-era rule that limited methane emissions from oil and gas drillers operating on federal lands.

The proposal from the department’s Bureau of Land Management would delay certain requirements of the rule, which sought to reduce leaking, venting, and flaring of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The proposed delay comes as the Trump administration is weighing whether to repeal the rule outright.

Under the proposal, scheduled to be published Oct. 5 in the Federal Register, the Bureau would suspend some requirements until Jan. 17, 2019. The methane rule at issue became ...