California to issue rules on methane leaks

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.

California regulations have agreed to develop a regulation limiting the amount of methane that oil and natural gas companies can emit.

The state’s Air Resources Board voted late Thursday to move forward on the rule after the months-long leak at an underground gas storage facility north of Los Angeles, Capital Public Radio reported.

"We did not have a regulation in place that covered the methane emissions," says Mary Nichols, the board's chairman, said at a meeting. "We worked with the company to try to get them to voluntarily mitigate for the impacts."