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USEPA Seeks Small Business Input on Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking for Oil and Gas Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is convening a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel to discuss a rulemaking aimed at regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, as part of the Obama Administration’s methane reduction strategy announced in mid-January.  The rulemaking is expected to affect sources in the production, processing, transmission and storage segments of the industry.  Small businesses operating in the oil and natural gas sector that expect to be subject to the requirements of the rulemaking may be eligible to serve on the Panel as a “Small Entity Representative” (SER).  According to EPA, the role of a SER is “to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that the Panel carefully considers small entity concerns regarding the impact of the potential rule on their organizations and to communicate with other small entities within their sector who do not serve as SERs.”  Interested parties must contact EPA by February 11, 2015.