The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed targeted revisions to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry, including amendments to the fugitive emissions monitoring requirements in the rule. The EPA Acting Administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, signed the following notice today.

Proposed Rule: Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration

See also the Regulatory Impact Analysis.

EPA is submitting the notice for publication in the Federal Register. While EPA has taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this Internet version of the rule, it is not the official version of the rule for purposes of compliance. Please refer to the official version in a forthcoming FR publication, which will appear on the Government Printing Office's FDSys website and on Regulations.gov in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0483. Once the official version of this document is published in the FR, the version on the EPA website will be removed and replaced with a link to the official version.

Safe Climate Caucus Responds To Methane Rule Rollback

Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) released the following statement in response to EPA’s proposed rollback of the methane rule: 

“Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that an EPA under his leadership will not miss a beat in carrying out Trump’s plan to sell out to the fossil fuel industry. Methane is a significantly more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and making it easier to release is the last thing the federal government should be doing. With every passing day, this administration is gutting important environmental protections that keep air and water clean, and communities safe.

“As the Trump administration furthers its attack on public and environmental health, the Safe Climate Caucus will stand with the majority of Americans who demand climate action by pushing back against this destructive, pro-pollution agenda.”