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Trump’s EPA to Propose Retreat on Methane Rules at Oil Wells

  • BP, Shell argue move is misguided amind wide energy transition
  • Methane is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide at warming
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set Thursday to unveil a proposal that would eliminate federal mandates forcing energy companies to identify and repair methane leaks at oil and gas facilities.

The measure, which could be finalized next year, responds to concerns by some independent oil producers that without action, the EPA could be forced to impose similar requirements on a million existing oil and gas wells. But it comes against the wishes of several global oil companies, which have implored the Trump administration to maintain methane mandates and continue regulating the potent greenhouse gas.