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New US Rules Promise Deep Cuts in Methane Emissions

In the next step in its plan to lower global warming emissions, the Obama administration announced Tuesday proposed rules to reduce methane and volatile organic compounds from new oil and gas operations. Methane, a key component of natural gas, is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas in the United States after carbon dioxide.  Yet its warming effect is 25 times more potent than CO2. The rules would apply to an estimated 15,000 new wells by 2025. They include finding and...

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