Congressman Arrington: Roll back regulations on methane will ben

Congressman Arrington: Roll back regulations on methane will benefit west Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) is rolling back regulations on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The proposal would reverse standards enacted during the Obama administration that restricted the release of this gas in new drilling wells, pipelines, and storage facilities. Lubbock's Congressman Jodey Arrington calls it a long overdue change.

"The $800 almost billion dollar cost to that duplicative midnight Obama methane gas rule will be borne most of all by these independent oil and gas companies that I represent," said congressman Arrington. "They are the bread and butter of our economy, we are Ag and Energy."

The rollback on regulations will focus on regulating methane. The new rule forces the government to determine if that gas falls in line with the Clean Air Act.

"You have to know how much pollution is coming out of a source before you go out and regulate them and so we have to turn that around," said David Gray, EPA Deputy Regional Administrator. "We have to go back and so we are returning that sector of business back to normal operations while the government does it's work to re-look at that."

Congressman Arrington adds that the right balance of reasonable regulations within the oil and gas industry will only benefit our country's overall economy.

Environmental activists and public health experts have expressed concern at the potential impact these methane de-regulations will have.  The EPA is currently analyzing current regulations and has opened up a 60 day public comment forum on it's website.

 

 

 

 

 

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