DENVER -- Western Energy Alliance welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a final methane rule, the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) OOOOa rule. The following is a statement from Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma:
“Western Energy Alliance is pleased that EPA has finalized the methane rule. The rule is a sensible combination of technical fixes to the 2016 rule, as well as a correction to the violations of the Clean Air Act present in the original rule. Throughout this process, environmental groups and the media have misrepresented the rule changes as the Trump Administration rolling back any regulation of methane. This is a willfully false narrative that luckily, Administrator Wheeler had the courage to stand against. I use the word ‘courage’ intentionally as the outright lies about this rule by the environmental lobby are calculated as a way of achieving political goals without doing the hard work of following the law. Most Administrators have withered under that pressure, or were part of such efforts themselves.
“Every single molecule of methane from new oil and natural gas wells will be captured by this revised rule. Methane Leak Detection and Repair, tank and pneumatic controls, and controls from the wellhead to the gas plant remain. The difference is that EPA has recognized that the Obama Administration failed to do a proper endangerment finding for methane along with a significant contribution finding, thereby violating the Clean Air Act. Administrator Wheeler’s EPA has corrected that major violation of the Clean Air Act by regulating methane as a co-benefit of controlling VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
“Likewise, the Obama Administration violated the Clean Air Act by failing to do a source determination for the transmission and storage sector. Regulating that sector of the industry remains an option, but to do so requires EPA to follow the law and go through the full process. The Obama Administration, as with shortcuts in other areas, failed to follow the law at the behest of an environmental lobby seeking to impose its goals without being bound by the democratic process inherent in an open, public rulemaking process. Administrator Wheeler has corrected those legal violations while continuing to regulate methane.”
“Another source of misinformation surrounding this rule involves the oil and natural gas industry’s contribution to methane. Numbers become misquoted or are not updated with the latest inventory data, so here are the numbers:
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