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On Tuesday, September 11, EPA published proposed revisions to its New Source Performance Standards (2016 standards) for new and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector. The standards, which were finalized in June 2016, formed a central plank of the Obama administration’s strategy for reducing methane emissions. EPA estimated that, as originally adopted, the 2016 standards would reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations by 510,000 short tons in 2025. The reductions were to be achieved by requiring operators to, among other things, reduce natural gas venting and flaring and accelerate the detection and repair of natural gas leaks. EPA is now proposing to make various changes to those requirements. Here are five important things to know about the proposed changes.