By John WagnerPublished December 06, 2018 11:14:52The American Petroleum Institute is taking a new approach to regulating natural gas.
Its new “No Fracking” position, unveiled on Thursday, calls for the EPA to delay the rule on methane emissions until after the 2020 presidential election.
This is the first time the EPA has put the decision on hold in nearly a decade, and it comes at a time when the industry has been fighting to keep its gas under the cap.
The agency is expected to announce a new rule later this month that would ban the burning of any natural gas or oil in the United States until 2020.
But some natural gas producers are still planning to export their gas, despite the ban.
The industry group’s executive vice president, Mike Murphy, said the move would give the agency time to study the issue and make a final decision.
The rule could be finalized by the end of 2019.
Murphy told reporters that the EPA’s position is “not going to happen before the 2020 election.”
He said that the agency has the flexibility to adjust its rules as it deems appropriate.
“That’s not the kind of thing we want to be doing right now,” Murphy said.
The decision could be a setback for the industry, which is currently reeling from a devastating drought that has devastated farmers, livestock and communities.
It also comes at the same time that the Trump administration is ramping up its efforts to roll back the environmental protections of the Obama administration.