Biden administration reverses rollback on methane regulation rule

Letting oil and gas companies freely leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas, makes no sense — not when we know cutting methane pollution is critical to combating global warming.
 
That's why we celebrated when the Biden administration reinstated the methane rule on June 30. Back in 2019, the Trump administration had rolled back these critical regulations, an action that would have led to an additional 850,000 tons of planet-warming methane in our atmosphere in just 10 years. In response, Environment America advocates delivered more than 16,000 signatures opposing the rollback.
 
“From the giant methane cloud last year over Florida to the ongoing release of this dangerous gas from the massive Permian Basin of Texas, it’s clear that we must get this problem under control,” said Andrea McGimsey, senior director of our Global Warming Solutions campaign for Environment America.
 
Environment America commends the Biden administration for restoring this critical methane rule.
 
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Photo: The Biden administration officially reinstated the methane rule, rolled back by the previous administration, requiring oil and gas companies to capture methane leaks. Credit: Blake Thornberry via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0