Trump administration plans to delay methane controls on oil, gas
The U.S. Interior Department this week will try again to delay parts of an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, a rule Congress upheld earlier in the year, a document showed on Wednesday.
The rule, finalized by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) two months before former President Barack Obama left office, requires oil and gas operators on public lands to prevent leaking, venting and flaring of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
The administration of President Donald Trump views the rule as excessive environmental regulation, and the BLM issued a new proposal on Wednesday that would delay the rule’s implementation until Jan. 17, 2019, giving the agency time to review it.