Exxon Mobil Opposes Weakening Obama-Era Emissions Rules in Letter to EPA

Exxon Mobil sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency in support of methane gas emission rules put in place under the Obama administration, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.

The administration of President Donald Trump in September proposed weakening requirements for repairing leaks of the greenhouse gas in drilling operations in a step toward rolling back an Obama-era policy that was intended to combat climate change.

“We support maintaining the key elements of the underlying regulation, such as leak detection and repair programs,” Exxon Vice President Gantt Walton said in the letter dated on 17 December.

The company believes “reasonable regulations help reduce emissions” and supports the use of cleaner-burning natural gas, the letter said.

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