INGAA Responds to Proposed Methane Rule

(P&GJ) — The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America responded to the EPA's proposed methane rule by citing its members' strong commitment and "long history of minimizing methane emissions from their operations."

INGAA President and CEO Don Santa spoke on behalf of the group via a statement issued in response to proposed "New Source Performance Standards" for the oil and natural gas industry.

"In 2018, INGAA’s board of directors took the further step of adopting voluntary commitments that prioritize continuously improving existing practices to minimize methane emissions from interstate natural gas transmission and storage operations," Santa said.  "Members of INGAA have agreed to these voluntary commitments because reducing methane emissions is socially and environmentally responsible, and good business for natural gas transmission and storage companies.

 “Members of INGAA will stand by these commitments, maintain pipeline integrity and safe operations, and minimize impacts to customers and communities irrespective of any regulatory changes,” Santa said.

The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas' outsize damage to the climate.

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