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U.S. proposes to cut methane from oil and gas by nearly half

U.S. proposes to cut methane from oil and gas by nearly half

The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change. The administration's target is to cut methane from oil and gas drilling 40% to 45% by 2025 compared with 2012 levels. The move was not unexpected — officials set the same goal in a preliminary blueprint in January. Still, by moving forward with the official proposal, President Obama is adding to a list of energy regulations that have drawn applause from environmentalists and ire from energy advocates. To meet the goal, the administration was expected to issue the first U.S. regulations cutting...

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