Environmental Protection Advocacy

EPA Proposes Measures to Cut Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Industry

On August 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules to reduce methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the oil and gas industry. The proposed rule would apply to natural gas well sites, oil well sites, natural gas production gathering and boosting stations, gas processing plants, and natural gas transmission compressor stations. EPA did not propose any regulations on methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems; however, EPA announced it is creating a voluntary program called Methane Challenge to reduce methane from distribution operators. The proposed requirements for the various sources include finding and repairing leaks as well as control of emissions from compressors and pneumatic controllers at compressor stations.A copy of the proposed rule can be found here

EPA Proposes Measures to Cut Methane Emissions From The Oil And Natural Gas Industry

On August 18 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new rules to reduce methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the oil and gas industry. The proposed rule would apply to natural gas well sites, oil well sites, natural gas production gathering and boosting stations, gas processing plants and natural gas transmission compressor stations. EPA did not propose any regulations on methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems, however EPA announced it is creating a voluntary program called “Methane Challenge” to reduce methane from distribution operators. The proposed requirements for the various sources includes finding and repairing leaks as well as control of emissions from compressors and pneumatic controllers at compressor stations. A copy of the proposed rule can be found here. Comments on the proposal will be due 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.