Trump stumbles in war on regulation

By The Wildcat 12 May 2017
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A rig in the US. Drillers in the country emit large amounts of methane. (Anadarko) A rig in the US. Drillers in the country emit large amounts of methane. (Anadarko)

It would have been a good week for United States President Donald Trump to bury bad news, had ‘Comeygate’ not been about him. As it was, wall-to-wall coverage of the sacking of the director of the FBI drowned out a significant setback to Trump’s war on oil and gas regulation.

On Wednesday, the US Senate blocked the repeal of a rule made by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, to limit methane emissions from gas production on federal lands. Scrapping the rules to curb fugitive methane was central to Trump’s so-called ‘Energy Independence’ executive order in March.

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