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Challenge to methane rule


Attorney General Phil Weiser - FILE
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The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rules drew harsh responses from environmental groups and a decision by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to challenge it.

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is 25 percent more potent as a global warming pollutant than carbon dioxide, Environment Colorado said in a release.

The rollback, the group’s field director Len Montgomery said, “flies in the face of science and the growing call from Colorado citizens and businesses to urgently tackle the climate challenge.”
Weiser noted in a release that Colorado’s regulations served as a model for the federal methane rules adopted in 2016.

“The EPA’s proposal to reverse these standards to curb methane emissions is misguided and ignores the requests from the oil and gas industry to keep them in place,” Weiser said, adding Colorado will join a legal challenge of Trump’s maneuver.

The administration said in a release the proposed change would “remove unnecessary regulatory duplication.”

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