Trump EPA expected to roll back oilfield methane regs

Trump EPA expected to roll back oilfield methane regs

[Ed. – Since the globe is not warming, this at a minimum will not be accompanying or exacerbating a warming trend. It seems to largely affect the EPA’s authority to impose new restrictions.  Given the questionable conclusions on which some previous EPA policy was made, it’s perfectly legitimate to look at revoking regulatory authority that’s premised on them.]

The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to announce rollback regulations on methane emissions in oil fields — the latest push by the administration to undo Obama-era environmental regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan would ease requirements on oil and gas sites to monitor for methane leaks and plug them, The Associated Press reported, citing industry and environmental groups. …

Environmental advocates said they expect the plan to go further than previous proposals, and aim to exempt companies from requirements to detect and stop leaks at oil and gas sites.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the plan would also stop legal requirements that force the EPA to set rules on emissions from pre-existing well and industry sites.

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