TULSA, Okla. (May 13, 2016) - On May 12, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three final rules to regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. The rules are Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards, a source determination rule, and a final federal implementation plan for New Source Review on Native American lands. In addition to the three final rules, EPA issued a draft two-part information collection request (ICR) for methane data from existing oil and gas operations, which is the first step toward regulating methane emissions from existing sources.
“While we are appreciative of EPA’s efforts to work with us in a collaborative manner to refine the final rules for new and modified sources, we remain deeply concerned with EPA’s ICR for existing sources,” said GPA Midstream Association President and CEO Mark Sutton. “The natural gas industry has done an admirable job voluntarily reducing methane emissions, but EPA seems committed to placing a hard target on the back of the natural gas industry. GPA Midstream will continue to work with EPA to ensure that these methane rules are reasonable for our industry.”
Founded in 1921, the GPA Midstream Association is a trade organization with nearly 100 corporate members of all sizes engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas, commonly referred to as “midstream activities” in the energy sector. Natural gas is one of the world’s primary energy sources and much of it must be purified, or "processed," to meet quality standards and regulations and to make useful everyday products for homes, factories and businesses. Gas processing includes the removal of impurities from the raw natural gas stream produced at the wellhead, as well as the extraction for sale of natural gas liquid products (NGLs) such as ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline. GPA Midstream members account for more than 90 percent of NGLs produced in the United States from natural gas processing. GPA Midstream members also operate hundreds of thousands of miles of domestic gas gathering pipelines, in addition to pipelines involved with storing, transporting and marketing natural gas and NGLs.