Obama to create methane limits for gas drilling

2015-01-14 17:51

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Washington - The Obama administration says it will issue new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas production and processing.

The White House says the goal is to cut methane emissions by 40% to 45% by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. The Environmental Protection Agency will issue a proposal this summer, and then finalize it in 2016 - the last year of President Barack Obama's presidency.

The Interior Department will also update its standards for drilling to reduce leakage from wells on public lands.

Methane leaks during production of natural gas. The rules will only target new or modified natural gas wells, not existing ones. But the White House says it's also asking for the energy industry to voluntarily curb emissions from existing wells.

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