Major oil companies oppose EPA methane rollback

THE HILL | Many major oil companies don’t support the Trump administration’s latest rollback of standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday finalized rules that, among other things, rescind standards that specifically regulate methane emissions from new sources in the oil and gas industry. 

The agency argued that the standards it rescinded were redundant, overlapping regulations regarding volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This differed from an Obama administration finding that while VOC standards “incidentally” reduce methane emissions, a methane-specific standard would cause “meaningful” greenhouse gas emissions reductions. 

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