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Trump to Lift Methane Regulations Some Drillers Supported

Aug. 12, 2020, 8:00 AM

The Trump administration is abandoning Obama administration curbs on methane leaks from oil and gas wells, a move that even some drillers oppose and that could become a campaign issue in the swing state of Pennsylvania.

The effort, which an administration official said would be finalized Thursday, represents the final Trump administration blow to former President Barack Obama’s three-part plan for stifling planet-warming emissions, following eased limits on power plants and automobiles.

A gas flare burns past a pump jack in the Permian Basin area of Texas, U.S.
Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

Methane is the chief component of natural gas, making it a valuable energy source and commodity. Yet it is also a climate menace -- a powerful ...