The Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia works diligently on matters of importance to its members. One such matter is that of supporting industry efforts in the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to achieve responsible global climate goals.

Today, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule on “Standards of Performance for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources and Emissions Guidelines for Existing Sources: Oil and Natural Gas Sector Climate Review.” The rule seeks to reduce methane and other air pollution from both new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry. The proposal would expand and strengthen emissions reduction requirements on new, modified, and reconstructed oil and natural gas sources, and would require states to reduce methane emissions from hundreds of thousands of existing sources nationwide for the first time. These sources appear to include low-pressure conventional wells.

GO-WV is providing you three documents which outline the proposed rule. Our environmental committee and its legal counsel is currently reviewing the proposed rule and will be able to provide greater detail on its potential implications in the upcoming days. Until then, please take the opportunity to explore the rule on your own.

Links to the documents are here:

Click here to read EPA Methane Fact Sheet

Click here to read EPA Methane Rule

Click here to read U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan