Shell Urges Trump White House To Tighten Methane Leak Rules

Royal Dutch Shell urged US President Donald Trump’s administration on 12 March to tighten restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production, instead of weakening them as planned.

Breaking from a decades-old tradition of avoiding criticism of US government policies, Shell’s US Country Chair Gretchen Watkins called on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten rules to plug methane leaks, a potent greenhouse gas.

“It is a big part of the climate problem, and, frankly, we can do more,” Watkins said in an interview with Reuters at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston.

"We don’t usually tell governments how to do their job, but we’re ready to break with that and say, ‘Actually, we want to tell you how to do your job.’”

She urged the EPA “to put in a regulatory framework that will both regulate existing methane emissions but also future methane emissions.”

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

Read the full story here.

ADVERTISEMENT


SUBSCRIBE

Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter.  If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.

 

UPCOMING HSE EVENTS

 

 

HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.