New regulations proposed on August 18 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to significantly curb methane emissions from the oil and gas sector have sparked controversy among those in the industry who feel there already are enough regulations at the state and federal level to curb methane emissions through voluntary and self-reporting mechanisms.

“I don’t think the industry is all too happy with the regulations,” said Harry Weiss, Chair of the Environmental and National Resources practice at Ballard Spahr, which represents the oil and gas industry. “Industry would say in some places it might be hard to disagree, like in Colorado. ‘We’re already subject to regulations and the state is doing a fine job of taking care of it.’”

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