January 2016, Vol. 243, No. 1

Features

Feds Seek Limit on Methane Gas Flaring at Drilling Sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change. Energy companies frequently “flare” or burn off vast supplies of natural gas at drilling sites because it does not earn as much money as oil. A report by the Government Accountability Office said 40% of the methane gas being burned or vented could be captured economically and sold. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement that natural gas should be used to power the economy — not wasted b

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