EPA to develop rules to reduce methane emissions from existing O and G sources

Agency plans on requiring companies to provide information to help with regulation development

Posted March 30, 2016

Methane, a key constituent of natural gas, is upwards of 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet, according to EPA. In 2012, the agency set standards to cut emissions, including methane, from natural gas wells.

Last summer, EPA proposed standards to address methane from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry.

According to EPA, it will begin developing regulations for methane emissions from existing oil and gas (O&G) sources. In a blog, EPA said it will begin with a formal process to require companies operating existing oil and gas sources to provide information that assists in the development of comprehensive regulations to reduce methane emissions.

The agency says an Information Collection Request (ICR) will allow for collecting information on existing sources of methane emissions, technologies to reduce those emissions, and the costs of those technologies in the production, gathering, processing, and transmission and storage segments of the oil and gas sector.


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