The Interior Department wants to delay methane emissions rules for one year while it considers relaxing or getting rid of the oil and gas industry regulations, according to CNBC.

The Obama-era methane emissions rules are meant to reduce leaking, venting and flaring of planet-warming methane from drilling activity. However, the Trump administration would like to roll back the rules as part of a wider agenda of energy sector deregulation. The Bureau of Land Management wants to avoid imposing temporary or permanent compliance costs on operators for requirements that may be rescinded or weakened soon.

The BLM plans to delay the rules until January 2019, including requirements that producers submit plans to cut waste, measure and report gas flared from wells and dispose of gas that reaches the surface during drilling and well completion.

 

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