EPA’s Final Rule on New Sources of Methane Coming ‘Soon’

By Jack Fitzpatrick, Morning Consult.

The Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of finalizing its proposed rule regulating methane emissions from new facilities, an administration official said Wednesday, although further details were scarce.

The Obama administration is taking several paths forward in its fight against methane emissions. On Wednesday, administration officials responded to criticism of overlapping red tape, and hesitantly offered hints as to how and when the patchwork of regulations will come together.

There are multiple rules on tap by the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management. EPA’s rule for new methane sources will be the first out of the gate. It is collecting data on a separate rule to regulate emissions from existing facilities.