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EPA Announces Plan to Regulate Methane from Existing Sources
March 10, 2016
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the next step in its strategy for reducing methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector: regulating emissions from existing sources. According to EPA’s fact sheet, the agency will issue an Information Collection Request (ICR) “to require companies operating existing oil and gas sources to provide information to assist in the development of comprehensive regulations to reduce methane emissions.” EPA plans to reach out to stakeholders about the ICR process in the next few weeks and begin the formal ICR process next month. A draft ICR will be released for public comment.