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Trump EPA: Obama's EPA had legal basis for methane rule

President Obama had a strong legal case to limit emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from new oil and gas wells, according to a senior Environmental Protection Agency official.

Why it matters: President Trump's EPA is trying to repeal that methane regulation, so the official's comment suggest the agency could eventually issue a replacement rule, which itself would trigger a legal opening to regulate hundreds of thousands of existing oil and gas wells. As with many other regulations, the Trump administration is grappling with whether to repeal only or repeal and replace this particular methane rule.