That aphorism comes to mind when considering U.S. EPA’s new proposal to reduce air emissions from oil and gas operations. From its press release: "Today’s proposal would cut smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from several types of processes and equipment used in the oil and gas industry, including a 95 percent reduction in VOCs emitted during the completion of new and modified hydraulically fractured wells."  But – it really helps industry make money:  "EPA’s analysis of the proposed changes, which also include requirements for storage tanks and other equipment, show they are highly cost-effective, with a net savings to the industry of tens of millions of dollars annually from the value of natural gas that would no longer escape to the air."  Really!  Thank goodness they’re looking out for at your pocketbook.  (Emphasis is ours.)

You can find a copy of the rule package here.