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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Isaac Orr speaks with Katie Brown. Brown is a contributor to the Energy In Depth blog – a publication which focuses on “getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base.” Brown joins Orr to discuss the Obama administration’s new regulations which seek to reduce methane emissions.
The proposed rules intend to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas development by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by the year 2025 for new and modified oil and gas wells. These regulations come at a time when energy producers are already dramatically reducing methane emissions despite producing record-high levels of natural gas and will impose burdensome costs that will hit small oil and natural gas producers the hardest.