Trump’s EPA wants to rescind restrictions on methane emissions

Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed rescinding Obama-era limits on oil and gas industry emissions of methane, one of the main pollutants scientists link to climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that easing a 2016 regulation that specifically targeted methane emissions from oil and gas wells, pipelines and storage would save energy companies up to $123 million through 2025. The plan will undergo a period of public comment before being finalized, and environmental groups pledged court action to try to block repeal of the limits. The proposal ‘removes unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry,’ EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said.

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