Democrats seek to reverse Trump-Era regulation-cutting rules

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined by Sens. Ed Markey (left) and Martin Heinrich, discusses legislation in April to reimpose regulations to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas wells. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., talks about legislation to re-impose critical regulations to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas wells, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Congress has moved to overturn a Trump-era methane rule. The House voted on the resolution on Friday, giving final approval to undo the rule.

Additionally, it ends requirements for drilling companies to report methane leaks. The resolution passed largely along party lines.

The rule was put in place in 2016 by then-president Obama and was part of President Trump’s promise to make the U.S. energy independent by cutting regulations.

The resolution was approved under the Congressional Review Act, which allowed for Congress to overturn the regulations put in place.

“Congress just delivered its first bipartisan win for the climate,” said President of the Environmental Defense Fund Fred Krupp. “Controlling methane is a winning proposition for all sides because it cuts pollution and reduces waste.”

The resolution now heads to Joe Biden’s desk where he’s expected to sign it.

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