Pruitt puts hold on meth­ane-emis­sions rule

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Ben Wolf­gang

At the urg­ing of the fos­sil fu­els in­dus­try, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency on Wed­nes­day morn­ing an­nounced it’s putting on hold an Obama-era rule aimed at lim­it­ing meth­ane emis­sions from oil and gas wells.

In a state­ment, EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt said the agency is is­su­ing a 90-day stay on the 2016 reg­u­la­tion, which put in place new re­quire­ments for oil-and-gas well op­er­a­tors to mon­i­tor and limit emis­sions at drilling sites.

“EPA is con­tin­u­ing to fol­low through with Pres­i­dent Trump’s En­ergy In­de­pen­dence Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der,” Mr. Pruitt said. “Amer­i­can busi­nesses should have the op­por­tu­nity to re­view new re­quire­ments, as­sess eco­nomic im­pacts and re­port back, be­fore those new re­quire­ments are fi­nal­ized.”

The rules, put in place last sum­mer, tar­geted a host of equip­ment across the oil-and-gas sec­tor. Com­pa­nies were re­quired to in­sti­tute a host of new test­ing mea­sures and mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment, and in­dus­try lead­ers — along with Repub­li­can al­lies in states across the coun­try — ar­gued would raise the cost of do­ing busi­ness and ham­per do­mes­tic en­ergy pro­duc­tion.

Mr. Pruitt’s ac­tion Wed­nes­day was a di­rect re­sponse to pe­ti­tions from the Amer­i­can Pe­tro­leum In­sti­tute and other oil-and-gas or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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