EPA Hears Widely Different Views on Methane Emission Threat

By Emily Schmall, The Associated Press, via The New York Times.

DENVER — Over-regulating methane emissions could discourage the use of environment-friendly natural gas, an energy industry representative told the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.

However, a former Colorado air quality official countered that such controls would be a cost-effective way to fight climate change.

The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. Sessions were also scheduled in Dallas on Wednesday and in Pittsburgh on Sept. 29.

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