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Senate Fails to Overturn Obama-Era Methane Regulation


On Wednesday, a Congressional Review Act resolution to undo President Barack Obama's regulation to limit methane emissions failed to pass the Senate. The final vote count was 49–51, with Senator John McCain unexpectedly voting against the resolution. The regulation—which requires oil and gas companies on public lands to capture escaping methane, instead of venting or burning it—is expected to save taxpayers $330 million a year; producers will be able to sell the captured methane, and taxpayers will collect royalties from energy production on public lands.