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Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards



Nov. 4, 2015 – EPA has issued a request for information related to emissions of hazardous air pollutants from the oil and natural industry. Learn more

Nov. 3, 2015 – EPA extends the public comment period for proposed rules to reduce pollution and clarify permitting requirements for the oil and natural gas industry. Learn more


EPA has proposed a suite of commonsense requirements that together will help combat climate change, reduce air pollution that harms public health, and provide greater certainty about Clean Air Act permitting requirements for the oil and natural gas industry.

The proposals are part of the agency’s broad-based strategy under the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane and smog-forming volatile organic compounds from this rapidly growing industry. The proposals will complement rules the agency issued in 2012 to reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while helping ensure that development of these energy resources is safe and responsible.

Basic Information - Information about emissions and the oil and natural gas industry

Regulatory Actions - Links to proposed and final rules, fact sheets, and other rulemaking documents

Technical Information - Technical information about the air toxics standards under review

Methane - Addressing greenhouse gases and smog forming VOCs from the oil and gas industry

EPA's Natural Gas Star Program - A flexible, voluntary partnership that encourages oil and natural gas companies, both domestically and abroad, to adopt cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and clean energy source


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