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The Environment Protection Agency is proposing a new rule that would reduce methane emissions from oil and natural-gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent of 2012 levels by 2025.
The rules would also amend existing regulations and be applicable throughout the oil and natural gas industry, including in production, processing, transmission and storage, the EPA said.
The rules, which would apply only to new and modified gas wells, were first outlined in January by the White House. They follow an announcement earlier this month of regulations forcing power plants to lower carbon-dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.