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Methane Rule Repeal Hits Snag in Senate Over Ethanol

  • Midwest Republicans didn’t get policy change in omnibus
  • Lawmakers now withholding support for methane rule repeal
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A top oil industry priority on Capitol Hill may fall victim to an unrelated dispute over ethanol.

At stake is an Interior Department rule forcing energy companies to curb emissions of methane escaping from wells and pipelines on public land. Senate Republican leaders say they are close to getting the 51 votes they need to overturn that Obama-era regulation using expedited repeal procedures under the Congressional Review Act.