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Obama Methane Rules for Oil Wells Reined in Under EPA Proposal (1)

Sept. 11, 2018, 5:20 PM; Updated: Sept. 11, 2018, 7:40 PM

The Trump administration proposed Sept. 11 to relax Obama-era mandates meant to block rogue methane leaks from oil and gas wells, part of a broader assault on federal regulations designed to combat climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposal takes aim at requirements forcing energy companies to find and stop methane leaks at new and newly modified oil and gas wells, amid industry concerns the mandates are unnecessary and too expensive.

The proposal would lessen the frequency of required inspections to hunt for methane leaks, remove a requirement that professional engineers certify some equipment designs, and make it easier for...

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