Trump Admin Scraps Limits On Methane Leaks At Oil And Gas Sites

"The Obama-era regulations overturned by Trump restricted the potent greenhouse gas"

"The Trump administration is scrapping limits on methane leaks, allowing oil and gas companies to decide how much of the potent greenhouse gas can escape into the atmosphere from wells, pipelines and storage tanks.

The new rules, issued Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget, effectively rescind the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate methane, the largest component of natural gas. Although it dissipates faster than carbon dioxide, methane is estimated to be at least 25 times and as much as 80 times more potent in terms of trapping heat in the atmosphere.

The administration said methane would now be regulated under the Clean Air Act like other volatile compounds, but the rules governing those smog-forming compounds are comparatively weak."

Steven Mufson reports for the Washington Post August 13, 2020.


"Trump Eliminates Major Methane Rule, Even as Leaks Are Worsening" (New York Times)

"In a Move That Could be Catastrophic for the Climate, Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Methane Regulations" (InsideClimate News)

"Trump Administration Rolls Back Curbs On Oil Industry Methane Emissions" (Reuters)

"Trump's Methane Rollback That Big Oil Doesn't Want" (NPR)

"Trump Reboots Obama Climate Rules by Axing Methane Curbs" (Bloomberg)

"Trump’s EPA Dumps Methane Emissions Rule For Oil, Gas Fields" (AP)

Source: Washington Post, 08/14/2020