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Inspector General to Investigate U.S. EPA Efforts to Reduce Methane Leaks from Distribution Lines

According to recent reports, the Inspector General (IG) has informed officials at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) that an investigation will be conducted in connection with the agency’s efforts to reduce methane emissions from natural gas distribution lines.  The IG investigation, coming on the heels of a recent report criticizing U.S. EPA’s methods for determining natural gas sector emissions, could help to clarify the extent of the agency’s authority to regulate methane emissions from distribution lines.