Strict methane-leak guidelines approved for California

By The Associated Press

California air regulators have adopted a new strategy for curbing methane leaks from oil and gas facilities.

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California air regulators have adopted a new strategy for curbing methane leaks from oil and gas facilities.

The California Air Resources Board said in a statement Thursday night that the new guidelines are the most comprehensive of their kind in the country, and come as the Donald Trump administration has backed away from pushing federal rules on methane.

Other government agencies will need to fill in the details, but the board voted for quarterly monitoring of methane emissions from oil and gas wells and processing facilities, and will require new vapor-collection equipment.

They say the new rules will add to the emergency regulations already instituted after the massive leak last year at the Aliso Canyon natural gas field in Los Angeles.

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