Trump administration to relax restrictions on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas


August 30, 2019

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to loosen federal rules on methane by allowing oil and gas operators to largely police themselves when it comes to preventing the powerful greenhouse gas from leaking out of new drilling wells, pipelines and other infrastructure.

It also challenges the notion, championed under the Obama administration, that the federal government has the authority to regulate methane without first making a detailed determination that it qualifies as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.


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