EPA Proposes Roll Back of Obama-Era Methane Leak Laws
THE EPA IS CONSIDERING A ROLL-BACK OF METHANE GAS LEAK INSPECTIONS AND REPAIRS
(CNN) – The EPA is proposing a rollback of Obama-era regulations on methane gas leak inspections and repairs.
Energy companies are now required to inspect drilling equipment for leaks every six months.
But the new proposal would allow for inspections once a year or in some cases, every two years.
Drillers are also supposed to fix methane leaks within 30 days.
The new rules would give them 60 days.
The EPA says it plans to hold at least one public hearing on the proposal.
Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico called the plan, “wasteful and dangerous.”
The acting EPA director called the rules “excessive regulatory burdens” and that getting rid of them would save nearly half a billion dollars.