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Mead not ready to comment on methane plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead says he’s reviewing the Obama administration’s plan to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production.

The administration wants to cut methane from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels.

It issued a rule that would require energy producers to find and repair leaks at oil and gas wells and capture gas that escapes from wells that use a common drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Mead says he can’t comment on the plan without knowing the details but his initial reaction is he’s concerned about more federal regulation.

John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, tells the Casper Star-Tribune that most of the proposed federal rules have already been adopted in Wyoming.

In related news, Wyoming officials blast new power plant regulations.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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