US unveils first federal methane regulations

US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (R) during a meeting at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Michigan, May 4, 2016The United States on Thursday unveiled the first federal regulations on methane — a powerful greenhouse gas that accelerates global warming — aimed at reducing emissions from new oil and gas operations. The Environmental Protection Agency rules are part of President Barack Obama’s plan to fight climate change, curb pollution and protect public health, the agency said. “Today, we are underscoring the administration’s commitment to finding common sense ways to cut methane,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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