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EPA to propose rules cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling

Amy Harder | Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [on Tuesday, August 18, 2015] will propose the first-ever federal regulations to cut methane emissions from the nationís oil and natural-gas industry, according to people familiar with the move, which is part of President Barack Obamaís climate agenda.

The EPA is expected to propose regulations aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40% to 45% over the next decade from 2012 levels, said a person familiar with the plan. That was the goal the agency said earlier this year it would pursue when it first unveiled its plans.

The move is part of a broader regulatory agenda†Obama is pursuing as he seeks to make addressing climate change a legacy of his time in the White House. Earlier this month, the EPA issued final rules cutting carbon emissions from power plants 32% by 2030 based on emissions levels from 2005.

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