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RFF Finds BLM Methane Rule Repeal Rests Solely On Using Domestic SCC

The think tank Resources For the Future (RFF) is finding that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to repeal an Obama-era rule requiring methane capture at oil and gas activities on federal lands could rest entirely on the scope of the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric used to calculate the rule's climate benefits.

White House regulatory chief Neomi Rao says her staff is helping EPA develop a policy on the use of scientific data that underlies its climate, toxics and other rules, suggesting that the agency may take a softer approach than Administrator Scott Pruitt signaled when he said he would require the agency to rely only on publicly available data.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is formally launching its much-anticipated process to update its 1999 policy for how it certifies natural gas pipelines, and is already hearing from environmental groups who want stronger public protections including a full evaluation of climate impacts.

Fearing harms to domestic manufacturing, several House and Senate Republicans have quietly urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to rethink his plan to repeal Obama-era rules governing “glider” trucks, an unusual move that highlights opposition to the plan not just by environmental groups but also large swaths of the trucking sector.