A data-gathering dispute between Devon Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency prompted the major energy firm to quit a voluntary emissions-reduction program. Devon sought to convince the EPA to amend how it uses emissions data collected using the program, but it failed. "Devon expected that the Natural Gas STAR team would help to ensure correct and responsible use of its program data by other EPA groups and outside sources, but, unfortunately, such efforts have either not been made or have not been successful," said William Whitsitt, the company's executive vice president for public affairs.

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