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Biden Crackdown on Permian Pollution to Pare Crude Output, Oil Lobby Says

The EPA is weighing labeling the Permian Basin as violating federal ozone air standards, a shift that could trigger new limits on projects and permitting.

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Biden: Climate Change Is an Emergency

The Biden administration’s plan to crack down on smog in the oil-rich Permian Basin threatens to curb crude production while gasoline prices are near record highs and energy scarcity grips the globe, the industry warned Thursday.

Oil’s lobbying heavyweights are appealing directly to top White House officials to slam the brakes on the plan, arguing that any move to redesignate drilling hotbeds in Texas and New Mexico as violating ozone air quality standards poses such high economic risks it should be subject to greater analysis and public scrutiny.