EPA chief: Methane regs will allow ‘sustainable’ fossil fuel use

By Devin Henry, The Hill.

New rules regulating methane emissions from the oil and gas sector will help facilitate more "sustainable" fossil fuel development, President Obama’s top environmental regulator said Thursday. 

Speaking in Ottawa alongside Canadian officials, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said rules cutting down on leaks at oil and gas production sites will help the climate and preserve fossil fuels as a viable source of energy in the future.

Moving on [methane] will reaffirm our leadership on climate. It also will happen to make sure that our ability to continue to rely on fossil fuel will be done in a way that is sustainable, as well," she said in a speech.