Widely reported and below taken from NPR story. How can it be that the Administration insists on rollback when even the industry itself doesn’t want that to happen??? Instead of Nero and his lyre perhaps it is the President and a paper shredder, attempting to eliminate all regulations that safeguard our health.
“Shell, BP and the Exxon Mobil Corp. have big natural gas portfolios. They worry that if methane emissions aren’t controlled that could undermine arguments that natural gas is a cleaner-burning fossil fuel than coal.
‘The negative impacts of leaks and fugitive emissions have been widely acknowledged for years, so it’s frustrating and disappointing to see the administration go in a different direction,’ said Gretchen Watkins, Shell’s president in the United States.
Methane is the main ingredient in natural gas. But when it’s released before it burns, say from a leaky valve at a drilling site, it’s far more potent than carbon dioxide. The Trump administration rule would eliminate a 2016 requirement that oil and gas companies monitor and limit methane leaks from wells, compressor stations and other operations.”