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Biden Tightens Planned Methane Curbs on Oil Wells, Flaring

  • EPA plan unveiled as president touts climate action in Egypt
  • Expanded requirements target all wells, regardless of size
Methane gas is flared just off U.S. Route 285 near Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 2019. 

Methane gas is flared just off U.S. Route 285 near Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 2019. 

Photographer: Steven St John/Bloomberg
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The Biden administration is strengthening its plan for limiting methane emissions from oil and gas wells after environmentalists panned an earlier version as too weak.

The Environmental Protection Agency advanced the supplemental proposed rule on Friday, hours before President Joe Biden was set to tout US efforts to fight climate change at the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. The proposed regulation would require energy companies to do more to stifle leaks.