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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Emissions Data from Oil and Gas Operations

From Fox Business:
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is withdrawing an Obama-era request that oil and natural gas companies provide information on methane emissions at oil and gas operations.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the withdrawal is effective immediately, adding that he wants to assess the need for the information the agency has been collecting under a directive issued in November. 
Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and eight other states had questioned the reporting request as overly burdensome. 
Pruitt, who until last month was Oklahoma attorney general, said removing the reporting request signals that EPA under his leadership takes seriously the concerns of state officials. 
"We are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states," he said in a statement. "Today's action will reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information from this industry."
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