October 2022, Vol. 249, No. 10

Government

New Methane Fee Could Hit Pipelines Hard

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. (P&GJ) — Numerous interstate pipeline companies have facilities that emit enough methane – in some cases much more than enough – to get hit with the new methane fee contained in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) President Joe Biden signed in August. The new methane program could impose a fee on facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) or more per year, starting at $900 per metric ton in 2024 and increasing to $1,500 per metric ton by 2026.   The IRA’s Methane Emission Reduction Program builds on the U.S. Environmental Protection A

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