TULSA, Okla. (Aug. 2, 2016) - The GPA Midstream Association today filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed information collection request for oil and natural gas facilities. EPA is soliciting comments to develop a rulemaking that would regulate methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources.
"GPA Midstream and its members have a strong commitment to gathering and processing natural gas in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts and reduces emissions of valuable natural gas products to the fullest extent feasible. As a result, our members have taken significant steps to reduce methane emissions from their operations," GPA Midstream President and CEO Mark Sutton said.
GPA Midstream does not believe EPA should regulate methane emissions from existing sources but detailed a series of constructive comments on the proposed Information Collection Request, which the association says would clarify, improve and streamline the request, provided EPA and the Office of Management and Budget elect to proceed with the information gathering effort.
Sutton said, "GPA Midstream has a long history of working collaboratively with EPA and will work with them on this particular issue to lessen the regulatory burdens and minimize the costs this will have on the midstream 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.