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New Limits on Methane Emissions by Oil and Natural Gas

Published: Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Written by STEPS
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The EPA issued new regulations on May 12, 2016, to reduce methane released by the oil and natural gas industries. The EPA will require these operations to phase in technologies that capture methane. These regulations only apply to newly constructed or modified oil and gas facilities, but new regulations for existing operations are in development. These regulations are the first that seek to limit methane released by the oil and gas industry. These regulations follow an EPA report in 2014 that revealed that oil and natural gas operations are the greatest emitters of methane gas. See: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/2016/05/EPA-moves-cut-methane-emissions.html.