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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 06:58
EPA Proposal to reduce methane emissions
A rig at a hydraulic fracturing site on the corner of Marsh Branch Road and Hampton Road in Denton, Texas Friday September 19, 2014. The group Frack Free Denton supports a ballot initiative to ban the gas extraction technique in Denton.

The oil and gas industry would need to further rein in methane emissions under draft regulations announced Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest move to combat climate change.

Under the proposed rules, oil and gas fields from Texas to Alaska would be required to install additional equipment on all new wells to capture methane during the hydraulic fracturing process and also seek out and repair leaks in the vast infrastructure that delivers natural gas from the fields to homes and businesses.

Emissions of the gas, which principally come from the energy sector, cattle farming and landfills, have declined 11 percent since 2000, according to the EPA.

But the Obama administration is looking for an additional 40 to 45 percent reduction in...