Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and 14 state attorneys fight EPA delay in cutting methane pollution from oil and gas rigs


BOSTON -- Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday joined 14 attorneys general to oppose a federal delay in implementing a 2016 rule designed to reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas wellheads and compressor stations.

Healey and her peers submitted formal public comment to the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that a proposed two-year stay would be "illegal and harmful to public health."

The rule limits methane emissions by enhancing leak monitoring at all new facilities. The controls are also expected to reduce pollutants such as volatile organic compounds, benzene and formaldehyde.


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