EPA stops requirement for energy companies to provide methane data

|By:, SA News Editor

The EPA announced yesterday that it is withdrawing a request that oil and gas companies provide information on methane emissions at their operations, undermining a last-ditch Obama administration climate change initiative.

Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and eight other states had questioned the reporting request as overly burdensome, and EPA head Scott Pruitt said the agency wanted to "reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information"; environmental groups say the EPA withdrawal a cave-in to oil-producing states.

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