EPA Chief Delays Methane Rule at Behest of Oil and Gas Firms
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on 19 April that he’s issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities. Pruitt said the agency will now reconsider the 2016 measure, which the companies were required to comply with by June.
It was the latest in a slew of actions by Pruitt to set aside environmental regulations opposed by corporate interests. The American Petroleum Institute, the Texas Oil and Gas Association, and other industry groups petitioned Pruitt to scrap the requirement.
“American businesses should have the opportunity to review new requirements, assess economic impacts, and report back before those new requirements are finalized,” Pruitt said in a statement.