"Trudeau, Obama To Unveil Measures For Safeguarding Arctic"

"President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will on Thursday pledge to safeguard the Arctic with a series of initiatives that will protect more than 10 percent of the marine areas, designate shipping corridors with low environmental impact, and establish new offshore oil and gas leasing plans, White House officials said.

The focus on the Arctic reflects both a shared sense of alarm about growing signs of climate change in the region and the fruits of Trudeau’s victory last fall over the previous prime minister, conservative Stephen Harper.

Obama and Trudeau also are expected to announce a 40 to 45 percent reduction in methane emissions by the oil and gas industry by 2025, a commitment that would require the Obama administration to regulate emissions from existing sources, not just new wells, environmental groups said."

Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post March 10, 2016.


"Obama To Expand Methane Leak Crackdown In Oil And Gas Industry" (The Hill)

"U.S., Canada Agree Methane Emissions Cut To Fight Climate Change" (Reuters)

Source: Wash Post, 03/10/2016