EPA finally rescinds Obama’s methane rules, opening old schisms in US gas industry

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday reversed two Obama-era laws requiring oil and gas producers to limit operational methane emissions, in a controversial move intended to relieve the “regulatory burden” of leak monitoring on oil and gas companies. The rollback has been a long time coming and previously met resistance from oil majors including Equinor, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil, but were supported by US industry lobby groups representing smaller ‘mom and pop’ drillers.

During a visit to the Energy Innovation Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler officially ...

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