Environment & Energy Report

Oil and Gas Rule Changes Let Methane Leak, Critics Tell EPA (Corrected)

Nov. 14, 2018, 9:00 PMUpdated: Nov. 15, 2018, 12:45 AM

The health of people who live near oil and gas operations will be harmed by the EPA’s plans to revise methane emissions requirements for oil and gas operations, some speakers at a public hearing told the agency Nov. 14.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Oct. 15 to make the changes to the standards, which set limits on the potent greenhouse gas methane from new oil and gas drilling operations. The changes include decreasing the frequency with which oil and gas operators must monitor their equipment for leaks.

The oil and gas rule is one of several methane requirements...

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