EPA Withdraws Controversial Methane Information Collection Request

Effective March 2, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn the information collection request (ICR) entitled, “Information Collection Effort for Oil and Gas Facilities.”  EPA issued the final ICR in November 2016, requiring(…)

EPA Releases Key Methane Reduction Measures and Final Source Aggregation Rule

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of several highly-anticipated regulatory measures affecting both existing and new emission sources in the oil and natural gas sector.  EPA has released the pre-publication(…)

EPA Announces Plan to Regulate Methane from Existing Sources

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 wil(…)

EPA Announces Plan to Reduce Methane, VOC Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a fact sheet outlining the agency’s strategy for reducing emissions of methane and ground level ozone-forming pollutants from the oil and natural gas sector.  Release of the EPA strategy is(…)

Private Sector Partners with Governments to Reduce Methane Emissions

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the United Nations’ Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) announced the launch of an Oil and Gas Methane Partnership.  The partnership includes representatives of the private sector, government members of CCAC and envi(…)

Environmental Advocacy Groups Call for National Methane Emission Standards

On September 18, 2014, sixteen of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy groups joined forces in a letter to President Barack Obama calling for national standards aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations.  The letter urged(…)

EPA Seeks Comment on Methane and VOC White Papers

On April 15, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released five technical white papers for peer review, each one focusing on a possible source of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions within the oil and natural gas sect(…)

Methane Emissions from Well Sites Found to be Lower than Previously Estimated

Last week the University of Texas, in conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund and 9 companies involved in natural gas production, released a study which found that 0.42% of natural gas produced in the U.S. is emitted into the atmosphere as met(…)

Pennsylvania DEP Concludes Gas Drilling Not to Blame for Private Water Well Contamination in Franklin Forks

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reportedly concluded that high levels of methane found in three private water wells in Franklin Forks (Susquehanna County) are not attributable to the nearby gas drilling operations of(…)