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EPA unveils plan to slash methane emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules Tuesday to limit emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the oil and gas sector.

The draft rule is part of an Obama administration strategy to cut methane emissions by up to 45 percent from 2012 levels over the next decade.

EPA officials said the rule — which focuses on new and modified oil and gas production sources — won’t meet that goal alone, but the agency stopped short of saying it would need to issue rules for existing natural gas operations to hit the benchmark.
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