The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said April 19 it would reconsider a rule on emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its implementation.
Oil interest groups, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Texas Oil and Gas Association, had petitioned the EPA in April 2016 to reconsider the rule limiting emissions of the greenhouse gas methane and other pollutants from new and revamped oil and gas operations.
The EPA said in a release it would delay the rule's compliance date, which had been June 3, for 90 days, as the agency took public comments on it.
The move signaled another retreat from climate change action after the Trump administration in March halted an effort to gather methane data from existing oil and gas operations to rein in leaks of the greenhouse gas.
Last month, President Donald Trump, a Republican, signed a far-reaching order to undo climate regulations, following up on a campaign promise to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations.
Issues such as compensation for changing to onshore LNG project, development costs, internal rate of return and fiscal incentives remain concerns for the $20 billion project.
Approval depends on the publication of a Ministry of Mines and Energy decree that does not violate the rights and conditions from the contract Petrobras has already negotiated, the company said in a statement.
The new legislation allows for the creation of institutions to oversee the sector and for revenue sharing between the central government and federal states, among other objectives, the ministry of petroleum and mineral resources said in a statement.