EPA Plans To Undo Some Obama-Era Methane Rules

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The Trump administration is expected to roll out a proposal that would loosen restrictions on monitoring methane leaks. 

So here's what's going on: Methane gas is one of the most powerful greenhouse gas emissions. It occasionally leaks out of oil and gas wells, so the Obama administration made businesses keep an eye on the leaks and repair them when necessary. 

But The New York Times reports that the EPA is expected to announce a proposal as soon as this week that would weaken those Obama-era rules. 

This is just the latest greenhouse gas emissions rollback proposal from the EPA this year. 

In July, the EPA suggested lessening restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from vehicle tailpipes. 

And in August, the agency proposed a plan that would give states more power to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.