This moment was a major achievement for Administrator Pruitt, who has been suing to overturn the rule for years as the Attorney General of Oklahoma. Now, however, the industries that hated the Clean Power Plan so much are getting a bit antsy. The natural gas business is a perfect example. The Clean Power Plan explicitly called for state electricity generation to switch from coal to natural gas, and most analysts agree that was part of why natural gas surpassed coal in 2016 for the first time ever.
Now the EPA is at a bit of a crossroads. It is widely believed that the government is going to be in legal jeopardy if it does not have some kind of plan in the works for regulating greenhouse emissions. The Trump Administration does not seem to think carbon regulations are necessary, though. So the rulemaking process may just be a way of stalling to hold off lawsuits while the EPA treats carbon regulation as dead.
The bottom line is that over the past 15 years, 174 net gigawatts of natural gas power plants were added in the United States while 33 gigawatts worth of coal plants were retired. Federal regulations were a part of that, but natural gas is also winning because it is cleaner, cheaper, and easier to transport. That is not going to change and the fields of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are poised to continue supplying a growing demand for gas. If you want to secure oil & gas leases in the area, just contact the experts at Cimmaron Land.