Senate restores EPA power to regulate methane from oil, gas


From left, these are file photos U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. CONTRIBUTED/

WASHINGTON — Here’s how area senators voted on major issues during the legislative week ending April 30. There were no votes in the House of Representatives.


Oil & Gas Industry Emissions: Voting 52-42, the Senate on April 28 passed and sent to the House a measure (S J Res 14) to restore the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The legislation would nullify a Trump administration action that scrapped regulations imposed by the Obama administration. Methane, a potent contributor to climate change, can escape into the atmosphere during oil and gas production. A yes vote was to reinstate the regulation of methane emissions. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-PA: Yes. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA: Did not vote.

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