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Oil, Gas Industry Methane Fee Survives in Manchin Spending Deal

Joe Manchin
Joe ManchinPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The oil and gas industry would face a first-time fee on the excess emission of methane under a breakthrough spending agreement reached on Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin. 

Methane leaking from oil and gas wells, pipelines and an array of other infrastructure would lead to fees rising to as much as $1,500 a ton in 2026 for some operators, according to the text of the agreement, which is set for a Senate vote as soon as next week.