Another reduction in information gathering: EPA Drops Request for Methane Information from Oil and Gas Industry, By Ellen M. Gilmer, Scientific American (March 3, 2017). Companies are no longer required to provide information about onshore equipment and controls that could reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Mark Brownstein, vice president of climate and energy for the Environmental Defense Fund, said “Administrator Pruitt is saying it’s OK for industry to withhold basic information on pollution from oil and gas operations from the American people.” As recently as last year the oil industry complained that the EPA needed more information before it could regulate methane emissions. The new rule ensures that the EPA will not have that information.
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