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Policy & Regulation

EPA plan to roll back methane regulations sparks backlash

Critics of the plan believe that softer regulations for gas could damage its image as a climate-friendly fuel Critics of the plan believe that softer regulations for gas could damage its image as a climate-friendly fuel.
By Peter Stewart 5 September 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation 0 34553
A drilling rig in the United States. (Equinor)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a roll-back of Obama-era regulations on methane emissions that it believes will save oil and gas companies money but which critics say could damage the image of gas as a clean fuel.

The EPA on 28 August signed proposed amendments to the 2012 and 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry that it said would remove duplicate regulations and save the industry millions of dollars in compliance costs each year. The...