As President Obama promoted his Climate Action Plan, he praised gas drilling. He said that advances in drilling have “helped drive our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in nearly 20 years. We’ll keep working with industry to make drilling safer and cleaner, to make sure that we’re not seeing methane emissions.” He went on to say that the hydraulic fracturing industry is creating jobs and helping families lower their heat and power bills.

President Obama’s climate change plan includes a pledge to cut methane emissions. He directs EPA to work with other federal agencies to develop a comprehensive strategy to identify ways to further reduce methane emissions. Legal experts believe this suggests that the federal government is preparing to develop stricter emission standards for oil and gas firms and will establish more regulatory authority over hydraulic fracturing regulations.