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EPA proposes GHG reporting rules

April 01, 2010
TOPICS: Air
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to include the oil and natural gas production sector in its national mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting rule.  

EPA finalized its first-ever national mandatory GHG reporting requirements in October of 2009 that required 31 industry sectors to report GHG emissions; however, the onshore oil and natural gas production sector was not included.   

EPA’s current proposal will require operators of onshore production facilities to report total vented, fugitive, and combustion emissions (mainly carbon dioxide and methane) from facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.  In addition, operators of facilities that inject carbon dioxide underground for enhanced oil and gas recovery are also subject to the reporting requirements.  

EPA plans to use the data it obtains to gain a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from and develop policies and programs to reduce emissions.
Facilities subject to the rule would begin collecting emissions data on January 1, 2011 and submit the first annual report to EPA on March 31, 2012.

OIPA will be evaluating this rule in more detail, and will be submitting comments to EPA prior to the comment deadline.  

EPA has scheduled two public hearings for April 19, 2010 in Arlington, Va. and April 20, 2010 in Washington, D.C.    For more information about this proposed rule, go to www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/proposedrule.html.
 
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