Four Things To Know About EPA’s Methane Regulations

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has worked to revise its regulation of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, “Keep It In The Ground” activists have upped their game in spreading false information, often relying on misguided studies like those from the Environmental Defense Fund.

The EPA’s proposed changes include ways to regulate “fugitive emissions” that escape from equipment and processes during oil and natural gas production.

As the rule’s implications are debated, it’s critical to consider important context around the industry’s role in contributing to global methane emissions, how those emissions are estimated, the validity of studies like EDF’s, and whether further regulations will actually impact emissions from today’s technologically advanced and highly regulated oil and natural gas wells.

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