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Methane Emissions Regulations on the Horizon for the Oil and Gas Industry

Bloomberg BNA’s expert authors analyze the Methane Strategy announced by the Obama Administration as part of its Climate Action Plan, and the possibility that the administration will seek to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector despite years of voluntary federal-industry and international partnerships.

 

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By Jane Montgomery, Ashley Thompson, and Alex Garel-Frantzen (Aug. 1, 2014)

The Methane Strategy announced by the Obama Administration in March 2014, as part of its Climate Action Plan calls for the reduction of methane emissions in key sectors, including the oil and gas industry. In April 2014, five technical white papers were released discussing possible remediation measures for the industry. The authors discuss the possibility that the administration will seek to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector despite years of voluntary federal-industry and international partnerships that have reduced U.S. methane emissions by 11 percent since 1990. Possible avenues of regulation under Clean Air Act Sections 111 or 182 are discussed, as is regulating methane leaks outside the Clean Air Act under existing safety rules. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to determine whether it will in fact issue regulations this fall to further reduce methane emissions.


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