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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution on Tuesday, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from U.S. lands.
The move replaces a 2016 rule adopted under President Barack Obama that forced energy companies to capture methane, a key contributor to climate change. The replacement rule does not have the same mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.
The article goes on to state the following:
It comes a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a similar rule for emissions from public and private lands.
Methane is a component of natural gas that’s frequently wasted through leaks or intentional releases during drilling operations. The gas is considered a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon dioxide, although it occurs in smaller volumes.
BREAKING: Trump administration rolls back Obama-era methane pollution rule that aimed to help combat climate change. https://t.co/yLRRkh1NA0
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 18, 2018
Disappointed to learn BLM did not listen to Coloradans & went ahead w/ #methanerule rollback even after Senate rejected it. This will lead to more pollution, waste more natural gas & decrease revenue for taxpayers. Worst of all, it will put the health of our communities at risk.
— Michael Bennet (@SenBennetCO) September 18, 2018
Trump administration to ease rule on methane leaks on public land https://t.co/axd9pfYjLW
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 18, 2018
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) September 18, 2018
BREAKING: @SecretaryZinke has chosen to steamroll the public by gutting the BLM methane waste rule.
— Moms Clean Air Force (@CleanAirMoms) September 18, 2018
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