The Trump administration today announced a new proposal to reverse Obama-era regulations that limit how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, the oil and natural gas industries are allowed to emit.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed amendments would "remove unnecessary regulatory duplication" put into place in 2016, according to a press release.
The proposals made today are separate from and in addition to a 2018 proposed rule that eased methane reporting and monitoring requirements for oil- and gas-extraction businesses.
The proposed plan (PDF) would "rescind emissions limits for methane from the production and processing segments of the industry," the EPA says.
The proposal would also remove parts of the transmission and storage segments of the oil and gas industry —generally called the midstream business —from being subject to regulation, by claiming the agency was out of line when it added sources such as transmission compressor stations, pneumatic controllers, and underground storage vessels to the rule.
The agency estimates an additional 370,000 short tons of methane would be released into the atmosphere by 2025, as compared to leaving the 2016 rule in place, as well as 10,000 short tons of volatile organic compounds and 300 short tons of "hazardous air pollutants."