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Oil Firms Pledge to Plug Methane Leaks in Bid to Burnish Image

Dec. 5, 2017, 2:30 PM

As the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, more than two dozen oil companies are uniting in a voluntary effort to pare methane leaks and better position natural gas for a clean-energy future.

As part of the new initiative, dubbed “the Environmental Partnership,” ConocoPhillips, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and 23 other oil and gas companies have signed agreements committing to phase out certain leak-prone devices and take other steps to keep methane from being released into the atmosphere.

The effort, coordinated by the industry’s top trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, follows a ...