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Methane
Addressing Greenhouse Gases and Smog forming VOCs from the Oil and Gas Industry

Second Draft Information Collection Request (ICR)  for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Sept. 23, 2016 - EPA issued the second draft of an Information Collection Request (ICR) to require oil and natural gas companies to provide extensive information needed to develop regulations to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources. The second draft reflects a number of changes EPA made based on comments the agency received on a draft ICR announced in May.

Voluntary Request for Information on Emerging Technologies
July 8, 2016 - EPA has issued a voluntary Request for Information inviting all parties to provide information on innovative technologies to detect, measure and mitigate emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.

Draft Information Collection Request for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
May 12, 2016 - EPA issued a draft Information Collection Request (ICR) to require oil and natural gas companies to provide extensive information needed to develop regulations to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources. In addition, the agency announced plans to issue a Request for Information to seek information on innovative strategies that can accurately and cost-effectively locate, measure and mitigate methane emissions. The comment period on the draft ICR is open until August 2, 2016.

Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
April 12, 2016  – EPA is beginning a formal process known as an Information Collection Request (ICR) that requires companies operating existing oil and gas sources to provide information that will assist in the development of comprehensive regulations to reduce methane emissions. This presentation outlines the ICR process, along with the types of sources about which EPA needs additional information. EPA anticipates issuing the first draft of the ICR for public comment this spring.

EPA moves to regulate existing sources of methane emissions in the oil and natural gas industry
March 10, 2016 – The Obama Administration and EPA announce the next step in reducing emissions of methane from the oil and natural gas industry: moving to regulate emissions from existing sources. The agency will begin with a formal process 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 proposes measures to cut methane and VOC emissions from the oil and natural gas industry
August 18, 2015 - 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. Learn more

EPA’s strategy for reducing methane and ozone-forming pollution from the oil and gas industry
January 14, 2015: As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, EPA has outlined its strategy for addressing methane and smog-forming VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry.

White Papers on Methane and VOC Emissions
April 15, 2014: EPA released for external peer review five technical white papers on potentially significant sources of emissions in the oil and gas sector. The white papers focus on technical issues covering emissions and mitigation techniques that target methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As noted in the Obama Administration’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions (PDF) (15pp, 1.9 MB), EPA will use the papers, along with the input we receive from the peer reviewers and the public, to determine how to best pursue additional reductions from these sources.

The five white papers and comments from the external peer reviewers are posted below. Input from the public is available in EPA's nonregulatory docket at www.regulations.gov, docket ID # EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0557

 

 

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