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Attention oil and gas industry: Don’t send info to EPA

Agency assessing need for data, burdens on businesses

Posted March 6, 2017

EPA is withdrawing its request for owners and operators in the oil and natural gas to industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations.

In 2016, EPA sent letters to more than 15,000 owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry, compelling them to provide the following:

  • An “operator survey,” which asked for basic data on the numbers and types of equipment at onshore oil and gas production facilities in the U.S.; and
  • A “facility survey,” which asked for more detailed data on sources of methane emissions and emissions control devices or practices.

EPA says it is withdrawing the information request to assess the need for the information that the agency was collecting and to reduce burdens on businesses. The withdrawal is also partly in response to a letter EPA received from nine state attorneys general and the governors of Mississippi and Kentucky, which expressed concern over the burdens on businesses imposed by the pending requests.

The withdrawal was effective on March 2, 2017.

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