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Trump Relaxes Obama Curbs on Flaring Gas From Wells on U.S. Land (Corrected)

Sept. 18, 2018, 9:08 PMUpdated: Sept. 19, 2018, 2:59 PM

The Trump administration finalized a rollback of Obama-era limits on methane that is leaked, vented or flared from oil and gas wells on federal lands, part of a one-two punch on regulations designed to curb release of the potent greenhouse gas.

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management issued a final rule (RIN:1004-AE53) on Sept. 18 taking aim at regulations mandating that oil and gas companies working on public and tribal lands reduce emissions of methane and other gases.

It follows a proposal last week from the Environmental Protection Agency to scale back the obligations for emission controls ...