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Speaking from the Paris climate talks in a video posted to Facebook, McCarthy said that China, the biggest consumer of energy in the world, has made commitments to reducing its reliance on the fuel even as the country’s energy demands continue to expand.
The decision could affect more than half of the United States’ 517 natural gas processing plants.
The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
Pope Francis praised the Obama administration’s plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, an EPA initiative that has drawn scorn (and lawsuits).
While NRG disputes the claims, the Sierra Club study contends the W.A. Parish power plant in the small town of Thompsons is exceeding allowable sulfur dioxide emissions by more than twice the federal standard in its highest concentrations.
Under existing federal law, the Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to review and possibly revise regulations governing the handling of oil and gas waste every three years. But the agency’s last review was 27 years ago.
The charitable foundation that is a legacy of George Mitchell, the “father of fracking,” has endorsed the proposed methane rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations Tuesday, making a significant step toward fulfilling the White House’s March pledge to pare oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
The oil and gas industry faces winnowing options for getting rid of the wastewater that flows out of wells, as the EPA moves to block municipal treatment facilities from accepting it and earthquake fears prompt some states to restrict underground disposal.
Industry leaders celebrated the report’s release as a vindication of the hydraulic fracturing process that has unlocked oil and gas nationwide, driving a domestic energy boom.