US House bill would curb oil, gas methane emissions

Oil & Gas Journal: US Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) introduced a bill aimed at limiting methane emissions from oil and gas operations on May 14. “If we’re going to be serious about fixing the climate crisis, we have to be serious about curbing the release of methane into the atmosphere,” she said.

The measure would require oil and gas producers to capture 85% of all gas produced on public lands within 3 years of enactment, and 99% of all gas produced on such lands within 5 years of enactment. It also would ban venting of any natural gas on public lands, and prohibit methane flaring at any new wells established 2 years after the bill is passed, said DeGette, who is a House Natural Resources Committee member.

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