House Advances Trump Methane Repeal

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The US House of Representatives voted to repeal Trump-era methane rules Friday, sending the matter to the White House, where Biden administration officials are promising tougher regulations on emissions from the oil and natural gas sector (OD Apr.28'21). House lawmakers voted 229-191 to repeal former US President Donald Trump's watered-down version of methane rules on oil and gas. That rule was finalized shortly before Trump left office in January, exposing it to congressional repeal. Once signed, the repeal will effectively reinstate methane regulations first put forward by the Obama White House. Environmental groups hope to see a quick move to issue new regulations from the Biden administration. "By reinstating the best practices of methane emissions control across the country, the [Environmental Protection Agency] could relatively easily cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 65% by 2025," the Clean Air Task Force's Sarah Smith said in a statement.

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