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US Subsidiaries of Big Oil Criticize Trump Rules on Methane

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By    |   Friday, 14 August 2020 06:50 PM

American subsidiaries of major petroleum producers Shell and BP have criticized the Trump administration’s elimination of requirements that oil and gas companies install equipment to detect and fix methane leaks from pipelines, wells and storage sites imposed under the Obama administration.

Shell U.S. President Gretchen Watkins called the new rules “frustrating and disappointing.”

“Shell has consistently urged the Trump Administration to directly regulate methane emissions from existing onshore oil and gas assets,” Watkins said in a statement to TheHill.com. “The negative impacts of leaks and fugitive emissions have been widely acknowledged for years, so it’s frustrating and disappointing to see the Administration go in a different direction.” 

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the finalization of rules Thursday, noting they aimed at helping small and medium sized producers, not “supermajors” such as BP, Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Eni, Total and ConocoPhillips.“

The EPA has been working hard to fulfill President Trump’s promise to cut burdensome and ineffective regulations for our domestic energy industry,” Wheeler said in a press release. 

“Regulatory burdens put into place by the Obama-Biden Administration fell heavily on small and medium-sized energy businesses. Today’s regulatory changes remove redundant paperwork, align with the Clean Air Act, and allow companies the flexibility to satisfy leak-control requirements by complying with equivalent state rules.”

Regardless, BP America chairman and President David Lawler also said Thursday that he “respectfully disagrees with today’s decision by the administration.”

“Direct federal regulation of methane emissions is essential to preventing leaks throughout the industry and protecting the environment,” he said in a statement. “We strongly believe that the best way to tackle this problem is through direct federal regulation, ensuring that everyone in the industry is doing everything they can to eliminate methane leaks.”

Natural gas and petroleum systems are considered the second-largest sources of methane emissions behind agriculture and animal waste, The Hill said.

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