The EPA has issued new air rules for the oil & gas industry.
And we have issued a response.
Here is a great summary of the new rules.
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Don Young says
The 2-year delay is heartbreaking news. More importantly, I want to know about enforcement and penalties for violations of these new rules. Have you heard anything on that?
Enforcement information coming soon.
Nick April 19, 2012 at 10:33 am
There will be audits and fines for non-compliance but, that hasn’t been released. The new regs seem to be focused on oil & gas operators that have many wells concentrated in a single “basin” AND/OR drilling and completion operations (2015).
They have broken up the USA into maybe a 100 basins. Not geologic, not air basins but, something else? If an oil/gas operator operates a number of wells in one of these basins AND has a bit of gas in their production stream, they will need to report their emissions to a website.. If no gas, no emissions, no reporting problem.
I’m sure this will help somehow. It will at least increase the cost of operating the lease & provide “actual theoretical” emission information for more review. I guess that’s a good thing?
Tad Ghost Hole says
Doesnt cover existing wells or compressors?! 2 year delay?! Thanks for protecting everyone else EPA but I guess DFW is so beyond saving why even bother applying the rules to the people who have actually suffered through natural gas pollution.