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API: EPA Methane Regs Inconsistent with US Success in Emissions Reductions

The dramatic resurgence of the United States as an energy superpower has provided tremendous economic and environmental benefits, API Upstream Director Erik Milito testified during a House Committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane regulations. “Thanks to industry efforts over the past several decades, the United States is leading the world in reducing emissions – down to near 20-year lows – all while energy production has been going up significantly,” said Milito. “Despite our industry’s success in reducing methane emissions, the EPA and several other agencies continue to seek duplicative regulations that will impose […]

Alberta’s Cap on Oilsands Emissions Will Cost Billions With Little Effect on Greenhouse Gases

Capping carbon emissions in Alberta’s oilsands will leave hundreds of billions of dollars in the ground while doing very little to reduce greenhouse gases, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute. The study, How Alberta’s Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth, estimates the provincial government’s proposed cap of 100 megatonnes of emissions will significantly reduce the industry’s production potential by more than three billion barrels of oil cumulatively between 2025 and 2040. That will cost the economy more than $250 billion in lost production over the same time period, and […]

API Files Suit Against EPA’s Final Oil and Natural Gas Sector Rule

API filed a lawsuit Tuesday with the D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final oil and natural gas sector rule calling for emission standards for new, reconstructed, and modified sources. Specifically, API challenges the EPA’s failure to adhere to the specific limitations provided by the Clean Air Act on the way the agency can develop regulations. “The industry continues to lead the way on emissions reductions because it is good for the environment and good for business,” said API Managing Counsel John Wagner. “Even as oil and natural gas production has risen dramatically, carbon […]

GPA Midstream Against EPA Collecting Oil and Gas Emissions Data

The GPA Midstream Association has filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed information collection request for oil and natural gas facilities. The EPA is soliciting comments to develop a rulemaking that would regulate methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources. “GPA Midstream and its members have a strong commitment to gathering and processing natural gas in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts and reduces emissions of valuable natural gas products to the fullest extent feasible. As a result, our members have taken significant steps to reduce methane emissions from their […]

Gas Utilities Launch New EPA Program to Reduce Emissions

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

In their latest effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 37 AGA-member natural gas utilities launched the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program on March 30, whereby oil and gas companies can make and track commitments to reduce emissions and showcase efforts to improve air quality and capture and monetize the energy resource. The companies, which represent 66% of the natural gas customers served in the nation, are founding partners of the program and joined EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe at an event during...

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Methane Studies Guide Provides Fact-based Insight for Policy Decisions, Natural Gas Leaders Say

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Leaders of the Natural Gas Council (NGC) today released an independent, objective and fact-based guide to more than 70 different analyses of methane emissions from natural gas systems. The report, ‘Finding the Facts on Methane Emissions: A Guide to the Literature,’was authored by ICF International and identifies several recurring findings among the different reports. ‘The report identified some commonalities and overarching themes that the Natural Gas Council hopes policymakers will use to inform their decisions on methane released from natural gas systems,’ said Dena Wiggins, president and CEO of the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA). […]